Geraci benefit raises money and brings back rock "n" roll memories

Benefit may be held again in 2014

STREETSBORO, Ohio - Both local and internationally-known musicians gathered in Streetsboro on Nov. 15 and 16, for a common cause. To raise money for fellow performer Sonny Geraci.

In April of 2012, Geraci suffered a brain aneurysm, which required extensive medical attention.

The net proceeds generated from this event will be utilized to offset the significant expenses incurred by the Geraci family.

As a member of the Outsiders, Geraci recorded the classic "Time Won't Let Me." As a solo performer, he recorded "Precious And Few" with the band Climax.

The event was held at Stringz and Wingz in Streetsboro. Owner Bill Thompson estimates at least $25,000 was raised for the Geraci family.

"Sonny was overwhelmed with the turnout. He is very grateful," said Thompson.

Geraci arrived Saturday evening in a wheelchair. The crowd applauded as he made his way toward the stage. He arrived just in time to watch his children Matt, Justin, and Bri take the stage and play.

Later, the stage was filled with musicians. Everyone took the stage to perform a superb version of "Time Won't Let Me" for Geraci.

Classic rock "n" roll from the 60's and 70's filled the room all night long. Billy Joe Royal sang "Cherry Hill Park" and "Down In The Boondocks." Terry Sylvester performed old Hollies favorites like "Bus Stop," "Long Cool Woman" and "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".

Dennis Tufano , vocalist for The Buckinghams, toured with Geraci over the years. He told the crowd how proud he was to participate in the fundraiser before performing The Buckinghams' classic "Kind Of A Drag."

Other performers included Wally Bryson of The Raspberries, Gary Lewis, and Ron Dante.

Approximately 2,000 people attended the two-day event. Besides ticket sales, a silent auction helped bring in additional money. Autographed CD's, posters, and guitars were available to bid on.

As Geraci continues his rehab, medical bills are still a concern. Don't be surprised if another benefit concert is scheduled for 2014.

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