When local promoter Joe Herbert started planning for his 10th annual Stagecoach Productions Bash, he was able to schedule it for 6 p.m.- 12:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at Meadowbrook Park Ballroom in Bascom. Herbert also started looking for an organization to receive the proceeds.
Over the years, income from the bash has been given to various local groups. In 2012, the money was given to First Call for Help, but this year, Herbert wanted the money to benefit youth in some way.
With a tight city budget closing the pool and doing away with the July 4 fireworks, Herbert said Tiffin children are being short-changed.
"From now on, I want to keep the money for the kids," he said. "Sandy Burns is the one that got me to do the whole thing."
It was Burns who told Herbert about the need for new helmets for the Tiffin Little League football and cheerleaders program. Herbert said he appreciates how TLLF helps children to be active while learning the importance of team work and the skills needed to excel in football or cheerleading.
After doing some research, he decided protecting young athletes from head injuries would be a worthy cause.
"TLLF has 145 kids. New helmets are about $95 each, or about $15,000," Herbert said. "TLLF is in their 40th year. The kids pay zero money to play except for the shoes. Somehow, Paul Shoemaker, president of TLLF, is able to keep the budget in the black."
In the past, a local band has opened for the headliner, but this year's bash is to have three bands from the area. First to take the stage is Quick Shine at 6:20 p.m., followed by MARS and concluding with Hot Lunch.
After about a 10-month hiatus, Hot Lunch is headlining the bash. The group includes Mark Spencer of Tiffin, drums; Dustin Dewey of Clyde, bass guitar; Neal Barrett of Green Springs, lead guitar; Tony Taylor of Fremont, rhythm guitar; and Ben Archer of Bellevue, lead vocals.
"It's a very entertaining, energetic band, pretty well-known," Spencer said. "People know who we are when they hear the name."
Spencer said Hot Lunch returned in time to play at the 2012 Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival for the third consecutive year. Late in 2011 and early 2012, Dewey was out of action with a health crisis and the band did not want to play without him.
For now, Dewey is in remission. When the band made its comeback, they called it "the beat cancer tour."
"He's doing really good. He had Hodgkins disease of the lymph nodes. ... He had to go through chemo and radiation. ... it burned his vocal chords," Spencer said.
Opening this year's bash is Quick Shine, based in Fremont and headed by Mike Risner. Sandwiched in the middle is MARS with original members Seth Marlowe, rhythm guitar and vocals and Aaron White, bass. New in the line-up are Neal Anderson, drums, and David Foreman, guitar. The band continues to play classic rock.
Herbert said Tom Borer has been helping him with the arrangements for the benefit. They are hoping those who have attended in the past will return for a night of music, dancing and fundraising. In addition, the musicians are hoping to record the music at the bash and produce a CD.
Those who attend should bring their own beverages or food. Free taxi service is to be available 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To obtain tickets, stop at The Viaduct, 84 N. Washington St.; Tan-It-All, 321 Jefferson St.; or Raitzy's Chop Shop, 235 N. Washington St.