TV anchorwoman organizes fundraising event to benefit brother

Posted Feb. 21, 2012, at 5:07 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 22, 2012, at 11:35 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Comedian Bob Marley will perform at a concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Bangor Civic Center to benefit Channel 7 News anchorwoman Cindy Michaels’ brother John Sovis of Charleston, who recently was diagnosed with bile duct cancer that spread to the liver. The event also will feature music from Chris Ross and a silent auction.

Michaels said her brother received a cancer diagnosis about a month ago. He will travel to Houston for alternative treatment, which is not covered by insurance — hence the need for fundraising. “I can’t fix him, but I can help ease the financial impact,” Michaels said. The fundraising goal is $50,000.

Items up for bid include an autographed book by Stephen King, an overnight stay and dinner for two at Hollywood Casino Bangor, a University of Maine Black Bears signed football helmet, basketball jersey and goalie stick, gift cards for meals at area restaurants, and a pair of tickets and VIP parking passes to any of the Waterfront concerts, a wool scarf and a cashmere scarf from Dunlap Weavers, Ray-Ban sunglasses from Smart Eye Care, a furnace cleaning form Brown’s Cash Fuel, two bottles of wine from State Street Wine Cellar, a signed print by artist Arthur Taylor donated by Brewster’s Restaurant, a Sea Dog mug club membership, a Granite Lazy Susan from Atlantic Designs, $1,000 worth of advertising donated by ABC 7 Fox Advertising and $100 worth of dog items from Green Acres Kennel Shop.

Michaels and her sister, both artists, have donated paintings to the auction. Simone’s Restaurant will open on a night it usually is closed to prepare dinner for one couple. “It’s amazing,” Michaels said. “I never thought I’d have response from people I didn’t even know, like Simone.”

Tickets are $25 and available at http://www.Ticketmaster.com and at the Bangor Civic Center box office, 947-5555. To donate an item or service to the auction, email Michaels at cmichaels@wvii.com.

CORRECTION:

An early version of this story made mistaken reference to Smart Eyewear. The company is Smart Eye Care.

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