Bash in the Bend fundraiser to benefit James M. Barrie Center

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By Sarrah Peters, News Editor

The Third Annual Father’s Day Bash in the Bend will be held Saturday, June 17, at The River Lot located on Robert Lee Drive in Gadsden.

The Bash opens its gates at 12 p.m. The music lineup begins at 2 p.m. with Kelli Johnson. The Foggy Hollow Review will play at 3:15 p.m. Tony Irby will play at 4:30 p.m. Local country band Sweet Tea Trio will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Opelika native and country music singer-songwriter Adam Hood will perform at 8 p.m.

Admission is $5. Free water will be provided as supplies last. Food vendors will be at the event. Attendees are also welcome to bring coolers and other picnic items.

The Bash in the Bend began as a few families meeting up for a cookout together, but now the event is used to raise money for local charities. This year the money raised will benefit the James M. Barrie Center.

The Barrie Center works collaboratively with law enforcement to investigate instances of child abuse. The staff provides forensic interviews, evaluations and therapy for children who have disclosed sexual or physical abuse. The center provides support and advocacy to families during the investigation. The center also spreads information about preventing child abuse and mandatory reporting. Last year, the center conducted 272 forensic interviews with children.

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