Best Drug Rehabilitation Interviews Country-Rock Duo Highway Run at the 2015 "Music With A Mission" Benefit Concert

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Brandon and Alyssa of Highway Run speak with Best Drug Rehabilitation founder and CEO Per Wickstrom, sponsor of the 2015“Music With A Mission” charity event.

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'It’s (drugs) definitely out there and it’s an issue that needs awareness. Parents need to talk to their kids. There needs to be communication,' says Alyssa Claar.

With the goal of furthering music education programs in schools, the “Music With A Mission” benefit concert returned for the second year to the Adams County Fairgrounds in Mendon, IL on May 30th, 2015. Backed once again by Best Drug Rehabilitation, the event was held to raise money to support music education in the underfunded school districts of Mendon and its neighboring town of Quincy, IL. Best Drug Rehabilitation’s sponsorship helped with the costs of hosting the event, which allowed for more of the proceeds form ticket sales and concessions to be put towards the cause behind “Music With A Mission.”

“As we face the battle against substance abuse in our nation, our biggest tool is education,” commented Best Drug Rehabilitation founder and CEO Per Wickstrom after the event. “In our commitment to being an effective force in the fight against addiction, we realize the importance of providing healthy and constructive alternatives to our youth and the necessity of doing all we can to lead them away from the dangerous and deadly path of using drugs and alcohol. We were honored to have a place as sponsor of the ‘Music With A Mission’ event.”

Before the concert, Wickstrom had a chance to speak with the artists performing that evening, including Highway Run, a Country-Rock duo formed by engaged couple Brandon Ray and Alyssa Claar. They spoke about some of the things that they have seen in the music industry, and in the world, regarding substance abuse and recovery. “Being in songwriter circles and those things,” offered Brandon, “you definitely hear about it and you see some friends that are going through that. Maybe they just got back from rehab for alcohol addiction or drug addiction. It’s definitely out there and it’s an issue that needs awareness. Parents need to talk to their kids. There needs to be communication.” Alyssa added, “It just keeps getting younger and younger and younger.” A video of the Highway Run interview is available on the Best Drug Rehabilitation YouTube channel.

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About Music with A Mission

The “Music With A Mission” benefit concert was organized in part by “Big Vinny” Hickerson of Trailer Choir, another band that performed at the event. Hickerson has said that he wanted to find a way to raise funds that took a step away from those more traditional methods, such as bake sales or raffles. In that light, the “Music With A Mission” concert was a huge success, drawing hundreds out to the Adams County Fairgrounds despite the muddy condition left by rain over the few days prior to the event. The show was moved indoors to the Show Barn located on the fairgrounds, and thousands of dollars were raised to go towards supporting music education for local schools.

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