ROCKINGHAM — Four bands. One night. One cause: to show support for Richmond County’s veterans.
The crunch of electric guitars blaring from Marshall amps filled the Rockingham VFW post for six hours Saturday evening for a benefit that raised nearly $2,000.
According to Robin Roberts, president of the post’s auxiliary, the event brought in $1,885 — nearly half of the $4,200 to erect a monument featuring the names of the servicemen from Richmond County who lost their lives in World War II.
“It was such a great turnout and ,oh, so much fun,” Roberts said Monday.
The first band to take the stage was Mother Reign, followed by The Way She Goes — a trio made up of former Hydrenaline members Colby and Jonathan Hildreth and John Baker.
Colby Hildreth said the event was “a great cause” and was glad they got to “share it with three other amazing bands.”
“Vets deserve stuff like this, man,” he said. “They do so much for us, it felt good to do something for them.”
Next up was Hardwired, featuring sit-in drummer Virgil Bowler.
But that wasn’t the only band with a guest musician. Already committed to the show, Ponder lost its bassist and vocalist Joe Harris just a few weeks ago.
Joining guitarist Tommy Adeimy and drummer Shot Allen were Aldo Simmons on bass and Mother Reign’s Kevin Butler on lead vocals, kicking off the set with Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down.”
Later on during the final set, Hardwired guitarist Philip Neal and The Way She Goes drummer Colby Hildreth joined in to sing backing vocals on the 3 Doors Down hit “Kryptonite.”
“I am so honored to part of such a great organization, the VFW auxiliary,” Roberts said. “We have such a great group of women and men. We are doing a lot and plan on doing so much more for the veterans.”
In addition to making “Rockin’ for Veterans’ an annual event, Roberts said a cornhole tournament and plate sale is scheduled for Oct. 22.
“That money, along with what we raised Saturday, will go toward the World War II memorial, as well,” she said.
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