“Where Y’at Mobile?” is Sunday, June 1, at Moe’s Original Bar B Que in downtown Mobile with the music of New Orleans and crawfish. It is musician Ben Jernigan’s way of raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year program. Jernigan is raising money with what he knows, bringing musicians together for a one-time event and giving people a good time. Some of the musicians are Anders Osborne, Papa Mali, Johnny Sansone, Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Mardi Gras Indians, Rob Mercurio (of Galactic), Jab’o Starks, Terrence Higgins, Chris Spies, and more.
Jernigan didn’t know much about blood cancers before he got involved with the contest, but he put his heart into it when he met some of the kid and learned that blood cancer is one of the leading causes of death in children under 14, and “Every four seconds somebody is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every ten seconds somebody loses their battle,” says Jernigan. “After meeting these children who have been battling these diseases and learning about the good the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society does for families by actually paying medical expenses, treatment costs, and copays, I knew I wanted to help this organization. They gave over $200,000 last year to patients in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”
“I realized that I am a terrible fundraiser so I asked my friends, who asked their friends, to help me throw a party,” says Jernigan. “I couldn’t have done this without Chris Spies and Johnny Sansone. The team approach is more effective whether its playing music together or raising money for children with blood cancer. Sponsors are funding the party so that all of the ticket sales will go to the organization. Keith Palmer and Jake and Luke Peavy stepped up to make this happen.”
Jernigan hopes to sell at least 600 tickets because corporate sponsors may match the funds raised. “People can also donate over and above or directly to LLS on my behalf to help in my campaign. I’ll be glad to help anybody with that process.”
Ben Jernigan (Michelle Stancil)