Playing With A Purpose

BEMUS POINT – A nationally known recording artist and “breast cancer warrior” will be coming to Bemus Point next month to assist with the funding of local breast cancer care through WCA Hospital.

Margo Rey, a Los Angeles-based musician, will appear in concert on Bemus Point’s floating stage for an 8 p.m. performance on Thursday, Aug. 14, as part of the 2014 Bemus Bay Pops concert series.

In addition to her previously established career in music, Rey, who is married to comedian Ron White, is a two-time breast cancer survivor – though she prefers to distinguish herself as a “breast cancer warrior.” Despite her diagnosis, Rey continued to pursue her music career while serving as an active philanthropist. Wherever she performs, she welcomes all of her fellow “breast cancer warriors” to join her on stage in a joint effort to raise awareness to the cause.

Rey’s appearance in Bemus Point was spearheaded by Michelle Turner, of Century 21 Turner Brokers and a coordinator of the Bemus Bay Pops series. Upon discovering Margo Rey’s music and subsequent bouts with cancer that have led to tours in support of breast cancer awareness, Turner approached Karl Sisson, director of development for the WCA Foundation and WCA Hospital, regarding the idea of bringing Rey in for a performance that would also serve to raise money for the hospital’s breast cancer care services.

According to Turner, the act of successfully booking Rey for an area performance is an accomplishment in and of itself – though the fundraising aspect of the performance is just as significant.

“It’s great that she agreed to come here because she’s in Los Angeles, and it’s oftentimes difficult to get acts like that to travel that kind of distance,” Turner said. “I think (she agreed to come) because she was intrigued by the floating stage, and because of the fact that we’re making it a fundraising effort for something that’s near and dear to her heart.”

Sisson said Rey’s impending performance is an all-around win for everybody involved.

“One of WCA’s responsibilities is wellness, and we make sure that women are good about maintaining breast health,” Sisson said. “Proceeds (from the concert) will come back to the hospital to help fund those services – whether through education, screening or equipment funding – and Bemus Bay Pops, as well. Also, Margo will invite area breast cancer survivors on-stage, and pay tribute to them.”

Barring any unforeseen scheduling conflicts, White is expected to join Rey in her visit to Bemus Point to introduce her, Turner said. A Chinese auction will also be held to raise additional funds beyond that of ticket sales. Three items will be up for auction, including: a set of Vera Bradley luggage, a set of wood dining chairs from Fancher Chair and a diamond necklace – valued at $3,200 – donated by Ben Garelick Jewelers.

The concert is free to the public, but tickets for preferred seating directly in front of the stage are available in advance for $75 each. The tickets will also grant bearers the opportunity to attend a pre-show meet-and-greet session, complete with light refreshments and dessert options, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

The show is being sponsored by Bemus Bay Pops, WCA Hospital, the Italian Fisherman, 59 Lucy Lane, The John Alfred and Oscar Johnson Memorial Trust and Century 21 Turner Brokers. Preferred seating and pre-show tickets are available for purchase through: Bemus Bay Pops at www.bemusbaypops.com; or the Italian Fisherman, either through the box office or online at www.italianfisherman.com.