For the third consecutive year, Make-A-Wish kid Cayden wowed the audience by singing at the Railyard Beach Bash, this year joining in with trop-rock band Jimmy and the Parrots.
In 2012, Make-A-Wish Nebraska granted Cayden, who had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, his wish to be a pop star. Then only 11 years old, he experienced a limo ride, media interviews and a Hollywood trip, where he recorded a song and performed with the Maroon 5 band.
“Cayden’s appearance each year at the Beach Bash is highly anticipated, and he leaves both the band and crowd energized and with goosebumps,” said Teri Lindstrom Vosicky, vice president of the Corn Republic Parrot Head Club, which coordinates the fundraising event.
The club’s third annual Beach Bash, Aug. 5 in the Railyard, raised $12,000 that will benefit Make-A-Wish Nebraska and make another wish come true for a local child with a life-threatening illness.
In addition to Jimmy and the Parrots, trop-rock band Too Drunk to Fish entertained the crowd.
“Both bands are club favorites and provide a type of music not usually found in Lincoln,” Lindstrom Vosicky said. The Eagle’s Dave Landis and Lindsey from KFRX emceed the event.
The evening also featured a tropical-themed photo booth, where guests could try on grass skirts and use various other props to have their photos taken “on the beach.”
For the first time, auction bidding and raffle ticket purchases used an electronic bidding system. Guests were able to bid, monitor and pay for their items using smart phones or computers, even if they couldn’t attend. This allowed opening the auction a few days before the event.
The Corn Republic Parrot Head Club is a social club based loosely around the music and tropical lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, Lindstrom Vosicky said.
“The club’s primary purpose is to have fun, and its secondary purpose is to perform charity fundraising and community service work in and around Lincoln, and have fun doing it,” she said. “Corn Republic Parrot Heads ‘party with a purpose’ to make the community a little better than they found it.”
For more information about the club, visit www.cornrepublic.com.