Countrymusic show to benefit Jake Finkbonner

Published on Thu, Sep 21, 2006 by ara Nelson

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Country music show to benefit Jake Finkbonner

By Tara Nelson

A local musician has scheduled a benefit concert to raise money for Jake Finkbonner, a Ferndale boy who previously suffered from a rare flesh-eating bacteria.

Custer resident Matt Audette said although Finkbonner successfully defeated the infection, he still needs ongoing reconstructive surgery.
The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday, September 23 at the Silver Reef Casino in the showroom.

Musical performances will include Matt Audette and the Circle of Friends, a four-member traditional country band, and special guest Carol Linde, country female vocalist.

Tickets are $20 per person and are available at Goff’s department store, Haggen’s grocery in Ferndale, the Silver Reef Casino and Yeager’s Sporting Goods in Bellingham.

All proceeds go to help the Finkbonner family with medical bills and Jake’s surgery. For more information call, 366-3321.

The concert is Audette’s third benefit show this year.

In August, Audette organized the Haynie opry series, the first of which raised money for the mother of Jayden Lynch, an infant that was bitten in the face by a dog. And earlier this month, he organized a benefit show for Habitat for Humanity.

Audette, who said he makes a living playing music, was also recently contacted to arrange another benefit show by the parents of a 7-year-old Whatcom County boy with a brain tumor.

“I guess we’re on a roll,” he said. “You can only do so many, though.”