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Bluegrass show raises funds to fight pancreatic cancer

SHADY SPRING (NEWS RELEASE) --  Bluegrass musicians and fans from three states came together in Raleigh County for a Mother's Day Weekend festival to raise money in the fight against pancreatic cancer and to pay tribute to a local musician who died from the devastating disease.  Organizers of the 2nd Annual Remembering Danny Hiser Bluegrass Festival are hailing this year's event as a resounding success.  Matt Hiser, son of the late Danny Hiser, spearheaded the effort in memory of his father, who some consider one of the best banjo pickers on the east coast.  Hiser says the festival raised $1,600 and some monies are still coming in. 
The entertainment line-up for the two-day event included The Riding Hard Bluegrass Band out of Greenbrier County, Blue rockin' Grass from Marion, Virginia, Leftover 301 from Mercer County, Kelley Nelson from Castlewood, Virginia, Lost Cannon Bluegrass Band, and Cumberland Gap Connection out of Belfry, Kentucky, and West Virginia's own, Stacy Grubb.  The bands drew more than 300 people to the Shady Rest RV Park off Pluto Road in Raleigh County.
The funds raised are earmarked for the Pancreatic Action Network.  Hiser says this cancer charity was selected because 85-cents of every dollar goes directly to programs and research, with just 15% going to administrative costs.  Hiser wants to thank all the fans, musicians, and vendors who worked to make this year's festival such a resounding success.  For more information or interviews, contact Matt Hiser at (304)-222-1850 or by email at   
Hiser adds that work is already underway on the 3rd Annual Remembering Danny Hiser Bluegrass Festival.  


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