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When Bob Hartley talks about June Jam, he doesn’t jump right into listing the popular bands that have headlined the all-day outdoor concert through the years.
Instead, Hartley rattles off the names of the event’s beneficiaries, including two nonprofits that June Jam helped get started: the Home of the Brave, a shelter in Milford for veterans, and Peachtree Acres in Harbeson, an assisted living facility for survivors of brain injuries.
“We’re now on 33 years—one-third of a century—and we continue having quality music, a good time and offering a significant amount of help to local charities,” says Hartley, the event’s cofounder and the organization’s chairman.
Hartley, of Dover, and a handful of Caesar Rodney High School classmates got the ball rolling in 1978 after a friend was electrocuted and two others were severely burned. That summer the CR class of 1973 held a benefit for the men’s families. In 1979 the event was dubbed June Jam and it grew into one of the state’s biggest events.
June Jam went on to book headliners like Kansas, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special and Cheap Trick, along with dozens of top local musical acts. Attendance now averages about 3,000 per event, says Hartley, and the group has donated more than $500,000 to at least 95 local individuals and charitable organizations. About 120 volunteers pitch in to run the event. “There are a lot of people in this area willing to help out,” Hartley says. “These are people who are aware of problems their neighbors have. They just roll up their sleeves and help out.”
The 33rd June Jam is set for June 18 at G&R Campground in Houston. Beneficiaries include the Kent County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Children’s Beach House in Lewes and the Lake Forest Middle School band program.
For more, visit junejam.com. —Drew Ostroski
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