Local Southern California Bands to Headline On Wheels Benefit Concert Sunday July, 16 2006

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The "On Wheels Benefit' concert in support of the Joseph T. DeVere Special Needs Trust, the Los Angeles Chapter of the MS Society and Wyngs.org will be held at the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge July 16th, 2006

The Elks Lodge of Thousand Oaks, located at 158 N. Conejo School Road, will be the location of the 'On Wheels Benefit' concert, (http://www.onwheelsbenefit.com), to raise funds for the Los Angeles Chapter of the MS Society, WYNGS.org and the Joseph T. DeVere Special Needs Trust fund on July 16, 2006 from 1pm -7pm.

The Dina Gathe Band (http://www.dinagathe.com) was inspired to hold this benefit concert for Joe DeVere when they heard about his day to day struggle with Multiple Sclerosis and his recent near fatal car accident. His long painstaking recovery, punctuated with many setbacks has caused the additional financial burden of overwhelming medical expenses.

The Dina Gathe Band headlines the 'On Wheels Benefit' concert performing her debut CD, “Bother Me”; Dina invites you to experience songs that are thought-provoking, energetic, fun, funky and edgy. Dina’s straight-to-the-point lyrics and vocal moods shift playfully between straight-up in-yo-face rock, sarcastic life observations, and a fun, childlike sense of wonder as her guitar guides you musically through the journey. http://dinagathe.com

Additional artists performing:

Joseph John with Twelve Years Found

A blues influenced Progressive Alternative Band described as a cross between The Mars Volta, Muse, and Something Corporate, http://www.josephjohn.net.

James Hurley

James' music has been described as "Sting meets the Beatles with Clapton making the introductions", http://www.jameshurleymusic.com.

Gilli Moon

Mature pop that makes you think touches your heart and leaves you wanting more, http://www.gillimoon.com.

Marina V

Russian-born pop/rock recording artist influenced by the Beatles & Tchaikovsky, http://www.MarinaV.com

V.K. Lynne

Blues-rock singer/songwriter, the official spokesperson for N Rock United, and host of acoustic indie show, Bare Bones, http://www.vklynne.com.

ExitUs a tight 3-piece punk/pop rock band with a spiritual message.

BECCA and LA Country

If you like your music real, sweet, soulful and slammin’, Becca’s a slam-dunk. Bringing back the warmth and soul of country music. Nari Records recording artist BECCA sings the National Anthem at NASCAR events around the country and will be performing her new hit single "Second Chance". http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=51476709

About Joseph T. DeVere:

Joe DeVere was thirty three years old when diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis just six months after he married his wife Rosanna, June of 2001. In 2005 due to his MS, Joe had a near fatal car accident on Kanan Road that resulted in a serious L1 spinal cord injury, further exacerbating his rapidly progressing MS.

Joe DeVere was honored by the County of Ventura several years before his diagnosis of MS for saving the life of a man and daughter who nearly drown while surfing. Joe an avid surfer, scuba diver and rescue swimmer before MS, did not hesitate to swim out to save a man and his daughter from the rip tides that were pulling them under. Joe DeVere served our country for seven years in the Coast Guard and was publicly honored for his heroism by the Ventura County Police Officers Association for his heroic efforts at a banquet held in his honor. Who we ask, will come to help Joe and Rosanna DeVere as they drown in financial need?

The “Joseph DeVere Special Needs Trust" is set up to receive funds for this event and future donations at Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, Westlake Village, CA., to pay uninsured medical expenses for Joe DeVere. Friends and family have donated a steady stream of funds however it "melts like snow on a sunny day" with many overwhelming, out of pocket medical expenses.

If this story touches your heart, join us July 16th, 2006 at the Elks Lodge 158 N. Conejo School Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA. to help raise funds to help Joe DeVere, the MS Society and WYNGS.

About WYNGS:

WYNGS is dedicated to addressing the immediate needs of people with spinal cord injury, providing emotional support, information and resources to ease financial burdens. WYNGS is committed to assisting people in becoming independent, improving the quality of their life, and increasing social integration with dignity. WYNGS is a unique non-profit organization committed to providing individual and caring support to the spinal cord injured person, their families and friends. (http://www.wyngs.org)

About The National MS Society, Southern California Chapter:

The Southern California Chapter of the MS Society works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the 87,500 people touched by MS in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern, Inyo, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Our mission is to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/cal/home/)

EVENT CONTACT INFO:     

Phone: 805-990-0381

RSVP or Donate Online at: http://www.onwheelsbenefit.com

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