Local food and music festival raises money to bash cancer

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For the third year in a row, a speaker from Cal Poly turns his love for music into a fundraiser for area kids battling cancer.

The fundraiser, titled Bash Cancer Fest, was created by Anthony Randazzo as a tribute to his beloved aunt. The local food and music festival caters to all members of the community, with proceeds from the event going directly to the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial aid, emotional support and educational advocacy for low to moderate income families who have a child battling cancer.

Randazzo recruited his students to create the festival as part of his project management course.

“Many of our students have been touched by cancer in one way or another, and for some it is a labor of love, not just a school assignment,” said Randazzo.

This year’s festival took place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Red Barn, located in Los Osos. It featured many local bands such as Surfeza, Turkey Buzzards, Driftwood Brothers and The Bogies.

Other fundraising activities included a silent auction and raffle. Organizers say Bash Cancer Fest 2021 is primarily sponsored by local organizations.

According to the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, they are currently serving a record number of families this year. They are also currently promoting their Project Holiday program, which provides gifts, Christmas trees, stockings, meals, grocery gift cards, and gasoline gift cards to the families they serve.

More information on the Bash Cancer Fest and how to get involved can be found here.

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