Martinsville, VA -- Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will be the opening band at the Rooster Walk Music Festival in Martinsville.
All of the money raised from the performance, on May 24th at 7 pm, will go towards building a "smart home" for Marine Cpl. JB Kerns. Kerns is a local hero who lost both legs and his right arm following an IED explosion while on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.
On Monday afternoon, organizers held a press conference with Cpl. JB Kearns and his mother Deborah Bowman to discuss plans for his new home.
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The concert was originally scheduled for March 31, but was postponed due to injuries Sinise sustained while a passenger in a car that was involved in an accident.
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Since its inception a few years ago, the festival has become the place to be just prior to-and during-Memorial Day weekend.
During a press conference at the Martinsville Speedway in February, The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (named after a NY firefighter who perished on 9/11), and the Gary Sinise Foundation, announced that they had joined together, as part of their Building For America's Bravest program, to build a "smart home" for Kerns to allow him to live as independently as possible. Land for his house on the Ararat River has already been purchased.
"JB Kerns has given so much in service to his country, it is a privilege to do what I can to give something back to him," said Gary Sinise.
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Purchasing a VIP ticket to the Rooster Walk Festival will give thicketholders admission to see the Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan concert at no additional cost and festival organizers have pledged to donate $15 per VIP ticket towards building JB's home.
To buy General Admission tickets to just the Gary Sinise Lt. Dan Band Concert:
Call: Piedmont Arts Association, (276) 632-3221
Go online: www.piedmontarts.org
To buy VIP tickets to the Rooster Walk festival:
Go online: www.roosterwalk.com
WFMY News 2, CBS News