Clark benefit auction and concert set for Aug. 15
Camden — High school student Sam Clark is waiting for a heart transplant.
His friend, Jacob Corney, a senior at Camden Hills Regional High School, has organized a benefit to help raise money to pay for his medical care. The event will take place at the American Legion Post in Camden starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 15, with a cost of $10 per person.
“I have known the Clark family for many, many years; they have all been my friends and nothing but wonderful,” Corney said.
According to Corney, the Clarks have been very active and affectionate part of the community since they moved to town. Sam Clark's heart was damaged by a flu virus when he was a newborn. After many years, Clark, 16, has been placed on a waiting list for a heart transplant and has been hospitalized for the last couple of weeks awaiting the procedure, Corney said.
“I have been a friend to the family for almost a decade, and when I saw that they were beginning to raise money (with a goal of reaching $20,000), I decided that more could be done,” he said. “I decided to organize a public event — currently the event doubles as both a high-end auction and a community concert — [and] singing is the only thing I know how to do and I have to do something.”
Corney said he is glad to have something tangible to do to help his friends.
“I have no doubts that they will get the money that they need — raising money is not my primary goal. I see this night as a time for us to celebrate the beginning of a new stage in Sam's life; one in which his powers to express his great personality will be unlimited,” he said.
The evening will involve a diverse crew of local musicians, including the Miners Creek Bluegrass Ensemble from Rockport, solo-star Aidain Kaczynski, and a plethora of other bands and solo acts.
Auction Items will be interlaced, and will range from local goods and restaurant credits to a two-day stay in the suites of Captain Swift Inn. A trial scuba diving lesson, along with other high-end prizes should make for a stellar auction, Corney said.
Corney said the highest-priced item thus far has an asking price of $200, so “those interested in these items should be prepared with a considerable amount of money.”
Baked refreshments and beverages will be provided by Linda and Norm Henthorne of Captain Swift Inn. All proceeds of the event will go directly to the Clark family.
A Go Fund Me page has also been set up to raise money to help the family. Anyone interested in making a donation can go to gofundme.com/by70s4.
A second concert is planned for Aug. 19, organized by another group. The fundraising concert is dubbed A Way to Sam’s Heart and will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre. Admission is free, with donations encouraged.
Local band Just Teachers will perform a family-friendly set, and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic along, with their dancing shoes, and support Sam Clark and his family.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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