September 16, 2014

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Band playing shows to benefit Feeding Medina County Initiative

Local rock band Aphrodite’s Hero kicks off a series of performances for the Feeding Medina County Initiative tonight about 9 at 69 Taps in Wadsworth. Cash and canned goods collected at the performances will help feed the hungry in Medina County. From left, are: drummer Dennis Jaeger, guitarist/lead singer Lego, bassist Jason Semon and friend Jenny McCullar. (LISA HLAVINKA / GAZETTE)

Local rock band Aphrodite’s Hero kicks off a series of performances for the Feeding Medina County Initiative tonight about 9 at 69 Taps in Wadsworth. Cash and canned goods collected at the performances will help feed the hungry in Medina County. From left, are: drummer Dennis Jaeger, guitarist/lead singer Lego, bassist Jason Semon and friend Jenny McCullar. (LISA HLAVINKA / GAZETTE)

A local band is rocking out for a good cause as it opens a concert series tonight that benefits the Feeding Medina County Initiative.

“We’ve always been big about doing things in our own backyard,” said Jenny McCullar, a friend of Aphrodite’s Hero. She said the band wanted to do something this year to give back to those less fortunate in Medina County.

“No one in the band has come from high class. There have been times where our families have struggled,” said McCullar, who helped organize the drive.

The band consists of guitarist and lead singer Lego, a Chippewa Lake resident who declined to provide his real name; drummer Dennis Jaeger of Wadsworth; and bass player Jason Semon of Brooklyn. They play classic rock, blues and country.

The band will be playing at area bars every weekend for several months. At each gig, the group will have T-shirts that can be purchased for $10 or with 10 items of food for the Medina County Initiative. All monetary proceeds will go to the initiative. The T-shirts say “Hero 4 Hunger.”

The Feeding Medina County Initiative was set up earlier this year to coordinate efforts to make sure hungry people throughout the county are fed. For example, the group bought a refrigerated truck that picks up local food pantries’ orders at the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank twice a week. It then delivers the food directly to the pantries.

Cindy McQuown, who heads the initiative, said she was thrilled when she heard about the fundraiser.

“I told Jenny I want to be the first one to get one of the T-shirts,” she said.

She said the outpouring of support from the community, such as Aphrodite’s Hero’s fundraiser, has helped the initiative get on its feet.

“It’s just amazing to me. It’s been tremendous. These are the kinds of situations that just really make mine a wonderful job to have. It continues to be rewarding to work with people that care,” McQuown said.

CONCERT SCHEDULE

Each Aphrodite Hero’s performance starts around 9 p.m.:
Tonight — 69 Taps, 300 Weatherstone Drive, Wadsworth;
Oct. 30 — Village Inn, 5875 Longacre Lane, Lafayette Township;
Nov. 5 — Centre Court Sports Pub and Eatery, 469 W. Lake Ave., Barberton;
Nov. 6 — Buzzard’s Roost, 2736 Center Road, Hinckley Township;
Nov. 13 — McCarthy’s, 13339 Pearl Road, Strongsville;
Nov. 20 — Scooter’s Ghost Alley, 456 College St., Wadsworth;
Dec. 10 — BG’s, 124 S. Main St., Rittman.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.