• Tuning Out Cancer Take 2! will be MC’d by Diane Kimmel, who also played a key role in organizing the event.

-Tuning Out Cancer returning to The Holly

Building off the success of last year’s Tuning Out Cancer concert, Tuning Out Cancer Take 2! will take place on Saturday, January 26, from 7-10 p.m. at the Historic Holly Theater. 

The concert is sponsored by Relay For Life and will benefit residents of Lumpkin County suffering from cancer. 

The show, which was the brainchild of Tom Theobald of Tom & Juli, will not only feature the popular Dahlonega duo, but will also welcome John Grimm, Matthew Hoyle, Ray McCurdy, Paul Romanick and Jim Vienneaue to the Holly stage, and the event will be MC’d by Diane Kimmel. 

Kimmel is the Relay For Life team leader for the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office and has played a key role in organizing the event. 

“I think everybody has skin in the game,” Kimmel told The Nugget. “Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way and this is a way for me to give back to the community. Let’s eradicate cancer and stop going to funerals.” 

Kimmel is proud of the fact the money raised in Lumpkin County goes to residents of the county suffering from the disease. 

“The American Cancer Society will use funds to take patients to their chemotherapy appointments, or use it to pay for their Hope House stay while they’re receiving treatment, and other things like that,” she said. 

The event was a huge success last year, and while the Holly was nearly filled to capacity, it wasn’t quite a sell out. “Last year’s concert was a great success and a lot of fun, but it didn’t sell out,” Kimmel said. “This year, we’re really hoping the community comes out and makes it a sell out so that we can raise as much money as possible.” 

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard, a cancer survivor, echoed Kimmel’s thoughts. “I’ve been heavily involved for the last five years, since I had cancer myself,” he told The Nugget. 

“The LCSO got second place in Relay For Life last year, losing by just $70, and I really want to win it all this year, and our biggest competition is Koyo. Diane Kimmel is a huge asset for us by hosting this concert and we need to sell it out. We’re going for the win, like Rocky Balboa,” Jarrard said with a laugh.

Tickets are $19.50 and can be purchased at the Holly box office, or by visiting Hollytheater.com. 

Kimmel’s final thoughts on gaining the community’s support are short and sweet. “Come out and help your brothers and sisters!”

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