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Unanticipated tradition: Musicians flock to participate in area’s BBBS fundraiser

July 21, 2014
RENEE PRUSI - Journal Staff Writer ( , Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - When Scene & Reheard started, there wasn't an intent to make it a tradition.

But it certainly has worked out that way.

"As we head into the fourth year of this event, we never really thought it would continue this long," said Dean Moilanen, a member of the Queen City Rockers and one of the musicians who comes from a distance to participate yearly. "Each year we have more people show up, and we are able to generate more funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters and have a great time playing music."

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Marquette County Executive Director Jayne Letts and Little Sister Casey Taylor at the Oswald Bear Ranch in the Newberry area. (Photo courtesy of BBBS)

Scene & Reheard 2014 is indeed the fourth edition of a special weekend of music, bringing extraordinarily talented musicians and bands back to the community - and mining others from the area - for two nights of rock'n'roll at its best, raising money for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters in the process.

This year's edition of Scene & Reheard is set for Friday and Saturday. The suggested $5 donation collected at the door each night will as always go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette County, something for which the executive director of that organization is grateful.

"Scene & Reheard is a great event for music lovers to come out and enjoy some of the local bands and players from the 80s," said Jayne Letts. "We ask for a donation at the door for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Over the past three years, over $5,000 has been raised to support local kids."

This year, two venues are involved in Scene & Reheard 2014, which is presented by Sunny FM 101.9.

On Friday, the music will begin at 9 p.m. at The Dry Dock, which is located along U.S. 41 in Harvey. The music will include sets by the Day Trippers and Fast Eddie's Blues Trust, then an All Star Jam to close out the evening.

The Ore Dock along Spring Street in downtown Marquette is the site for Saturday's S&R, which begins at 8 p.m.

Saturday's lineup is The Crunge, The Amnesians and Wrecking Ball, which will feature members of Blind Ambition, Queen City Rockers and The Crunge.

"We are trying to bring in new bands and play at different venues to keep it fresh," said Moilanen, who now lives in Las Vegas. "Each year we evaluate the event, and decide ... let's do it again. If we get enough of our friends and fans to come out on (Friday and Saturday), we'll probably do it again next year."

2014 is a special year for BBBS of Marquette County: It's the organization's 45th anniversary in the area.

"Over 5,000 kids have been helped through the years," Letts said. "Some of the matches last a lifetime."

Letts said statistics show that the program has a profound impact on those who become involved.

"The kids are half as likely to become involved in drugs and alcohol," Letts said. "Their school performance improves. They get along better with their peers. They are more likely to go on to college or a technical school. And they're likely to become good citizens."

Through the BBBS office in Negaunee, some 200 matches are made annually, Letts said, with some pairings coming from common ground between the child and the adult.

"We have a match where both the adult and the kid have type one diabetes," she said. "That match has been helpful to both the big and the little. They help each other in dealing with the disease."

A recent emphasis has been on "girl power," Letts said.

"We are hoping to help these young girls set goals for themselves and to learn to take care of themselves," she said. "That will go a long way toward preventing teen pr

Through the decades, Big Brothers Big Sisters has worked from its basic premise - matching youngsters with adults - in ways that speak to the present state of society.

"We have adapted our program to the community's needs," Letts said. "We always work to make a difference through what we do."

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 240.



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