When you go to see a band at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa you expect them to rock hard.
And that's exactly what fans got Saturday night as two bands took the stage for a very good cause. Almost everyone who attended the concert easily recognized the faces behind the music.
Pitbull Toddler, who opened the show, is comprised of members of the highly-rated Cowhead radio show, heard weekday afternoons on 102.5 The Bone.
The headline act – Wilson Van – is made up of several faces to viewers of Fox 13. Brothers Paul, Patrick and Mark sons of WTVT anchor John Wilson.
"Three Wilsons fighting over a mic," said Paul just prior to Saturday's show. "Where's dad? Dad will grab it."
Mark, also a Fox 13 anchor/reporter, played guitar. Patrick – a well-known actor – played the drums and Paul took care of the vocals.
Proceeds collected through donations and a silent auction will go to a charity group called Hope for the Warriors.
"We assist injured military from post 9/11 conflicts," explained Mirka Young, events coordinator for the organization. "[Soldiers injured in] Iraq, Afghanistan and anything else that happened after 9/11."
Hope for the Warriors have been around since 2006. They help fill in the blanks for wounded veterans returning from battle.
"We have multiple programs by which we assist," Young said. "From financial assistance - bills and utilities, rent, mortgage to career assistance for those transitioning out."
Andras Marton is one of many Bay area veterans who have benefitted from Hope for the Warriors. He was injured by friendly fire while serving in Kuwait in 2003.
He says receiving support from the community through benefits such as Saturday's concert is priceless.
"We're so thankful," Marton said. "Those of us who have been injured and other service members we're so thankful to these organizations and groups."
Hope for the Warriors raises money primarily through fundraisers like Saturday's concert at the Hard Rock so every penny raised counts!
Organizers say more than 90% of the money they raised goes directly to the soldiers and their families.
That's a major reason Van Wilson says they were so excited to take part. Young says support from high profile members of the community goes a long way.
Young: "It just means the world to us to have people stand behind us and say you're doing a good job and we'll stand behind you. It's great and it means everything because we wouldn't survive without it."
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