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John Santa Rounding up Marathon Jam Jammers for Charity

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Fisher HouseThe Marathon Jam is a 12-hour annual jam started in Chapel Hill, N.C. to raise funds for the Fisher House Foundation and honor our military. Primarily of bluegrass music, the "Mostly Bluegrass" Marathon Jam takes place on Saturday Feb 25th 2012, with jams from across the United States and in Baghdad Iraq, Afghanistan and possibly Germany. This is the 9th year for the Marathon Jam. The Fisher House (www.fisherhouse.org) is an organization that supplies room and board to the families of soldiers recovering in VA hospitals away from their homes

Last year Santa, author of Bluegrass Is My Second Language: A Year In The Life Of An Accidental Bluegrass Musician, feared in these troubled economic times he would not be able to raise very much money so he appealed to his readers across the country for help.

Their response was amazing.The Baltimore Marathon Jam raised over $16,000 and lead all other cities in money raised. This year John Santa has a goal of another $10,000 and, this jam falls on the one-year anniversary of his father's death. He's asking jammers across the country to help him achieve his goal.

"This is not about politics for us," Santa said from his recording studio in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, "It''s just a way to say thank you. And a way to say a very special thank you to the families, to the sons and daughters, the husbands and wives of all the people serving this great country. Regardless of your political views, EVERYONE wants these soldiers home, and home safely, and if we can''t have that right now, well, at least we can make it a little bit better for those who come home hurt and broken. This is a way we can show them how much we care."

Musicians (especially active military) are welcome to come sit in with the jam for as long as they like (acoustic instruments only please). The public is also invited to come and enjoy the music. Free admission. Come stay an hour .. or two .. or ten. You will hear some great music and it will help raise money for a great cause.

The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Remember the movie "Field of Dreams?" Remember "If you build it they will come"? Well, last year they built it... And they came. And they just kept coming. And they just kept giving!! Our group, The Wednesday Night Garage Jammers, were again overwhelmed by the response of the "mostly" bluegrass community, and our friends, and their generosity.

When you have an event, and offer free admission, and don't ask people to make reservations, you really don't know for sure what kind of turnout you're going to have. So going into this we were all, as would be expected, a little nervous about the success of our event. But when the hall filled up at 1 PM, they were all sure it was going to be another good one. And it was.

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