Weekend: B*A*S*H is back

Live music from local favorites Tongue ‘n’ Groove will be one of the highlights of the American Red Cross B*A*S*H.
The annual fundraising party will be held on Friday, July 25, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. B*A*S*H, presented by Marathon Petroleum Corp., is a summer party with a theme based on the popular television series MASH.
Along with live music, the event includes a mess hall with food provided by Max & Erma’s; Rosie’s Bar; “The Swamp” with games of chance, raffles and prizes; and “Radar’s Kids Corral” children’s area.
Tickets for the event are just $5 at the gate. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross Hancock County Chapter.
Red Cross Executive Director Todd James said the theme is what makes the Red Cross B*A*S*H stand out from other summer events.
“By setting up our version of the 4077th, with The Swamp, Rosie’s Bar, Radar’s Kids Corral and all the elements of one of the best TV shows of all time, we’ve made it even more fun for everyone.”
James said this year, the Red Cross is adding a cornhole tournament in The Swamp. Teams can register on site between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for $15 per team.
“We are always working to make B*A*S*H a fun night and we know a lot of people like to play cornhole, so we decided to add a tournament to the event,” James said. “The players can enjoy the music, food and fun of B*A*S*H and have a chance to win some great prizes.”
James said the top team will win a cash prize and the top three teams will receive gift certificates for area businesses.
Another change in The Swamp this year is the stakes in the games of chance.
“This year, we are playing for chances to win prizes. Players will win tickets at the games, then put the tickets into buckets for chances to win prizes. They can put all of their tickets into one bucket for more chances to win that prize, or spread them out to several buckets for chances to win more prizes.”
Flag City Morning Rotary is collaborating with the Red Cross this year as the logistics partner for the B*A*S*H, according to James. “Putting this event together takes a lot of planning and a lot of volunteer work. We reached out to Flag City Morning Rotary and they embraced the idea to support the Red Cross and help make B*A*S*H a great event.”
Red Cross board and Flag City Morning Rotary member Mollie Zinser is again serving as chair of the volunteer planning team. Volunteer team members include Nichole Coleman, Colleen Crawford, Kim Davis, Jerry Greer, Lien Hang, Dan Maciejewski, Gwen Pahl, Cindy Schwab, Meg Stevens and Louise Treft.



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