Benefit Concert Showcases Music’s Greatest Decade—the ’80s! 

Benefit Concert Showcases Music’s Greatest Decade—the ’80s!

(Binghamton, NY • January 31, 2019) The 2019 Sock Out Cancer® benefit concert will be a celebration of music’s greatest decade . . . the ’80s! The event takes place Friday, April 12, and will feature music from two of that era’s greatest bands—Santana and Journey. And performing some of these bands’ chart-topping hits will be none other than Alex Ligertwood, former lead singer for Santana, and Kevin Chalfant, who has performed on stage as lead vocalist with Journey. Backing Ligertwood and Chalfant will be the world-traveled eight-piece Philip Myers Band, who will also be performing classic songs from Van Halen, Toto, Led Zeppelin, Joan Jett, Styx, Survivor, Boston, and U2.

“We’re going to perform some of the greatest songs of the ’80s ever recorded,” said Philip Myers. “We’re excited to be a part of it, it’s going to be a fantastic concert, and most importantly we’re going to raise some funds for a very worthwhile cause. We are looking forward to April 12th and we’re going to pack the place, so come out and support it.”

Net proceeds from the event will go to the UHS Foundation and Lourdes Hospital Foundation to assist cancer patients and their families referred by UHS and Lourdes Hospital case workers.

“Security Mutual Life and Visions Federal Credit Union are very excited to serve as presenting sponsors of this year’s benefit concert and to be joined by the many generous supporting sponsors from our community who have stepped up to make this event a reality,” said Security Mutual Life Chairman, President and CEO Bruce W. Boyea. “This concert is going to be a lot of fun and will be something that the whole family can enjoy. Many of the featured songs, such as Oye Como Va, Black Magic Woman, Hold On, and Don’t Stop Believin,’ are so iconic that they really have become part of our culture.”

“We also want our neighbors who are fighting cancer to experience this event and enjoy an evening out,” said Boyea. Therefore we are pleased to announce that a number of complimentary tickets will be available to local cancer patients. Lourdes Hospital and UHS will be sharing tickets with their cancer patients, and a limited number of complimentary tickets will also be available by calling 607-338-SOCK.”

The general public can purchase concert tickets through Ticketmaster as well as at the Arena box office. As part of a special promotion, people purchasing their tickets at the Arena box office will also receive a complimentary pair of Sock Out Cancer’s signature multi-colored socks*—a $10 value—with each ticket purchased. “We really wanted a way to say ‘thank you’ to the people who are purchasing concert tickets to help Sock Out Cancer,” said Boyea. “In addition, wearing the socks is a visible display of love and support for everyone fighting cancer, so we encourage everyone attending the April 12 concert to wear their socks as we come together as a community to help Sock Out Cancer.”

*Socks can be purchased online at In Greater Binghamton, socks can also be purchased at Wegmans in Johnson City, as well as at area Mirabito Convenience Stores.


Philip Myers of The Philip Myers Band announces the 2019 Sock Out Cancer Benefit Concert. Joining Philip are (l to r) ) Security Mutual Life Chairman, President & CEO Bruce W. Boyea; Broome County Executive Jason Garnar; Christopher Whalen, representing New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo; Binghamton Mayor Richard David; UHS Foundation Executive Director Cory Jacobs; WBNG General Manager Robert Krummenacker; Visions Federal Credit Union Community Development Manager Timothy Strong; and Chemung Canal Trust Company Senior Vice President & Director of Marketing Michael Wayne.

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Sporting their Sock Out Cancer socks are (l to r) Security Mutual Life Chairman, President & CEO Bruce W. Boyea; Binghamton Mayor Richard David; concert performer Philip Myers; and Chemung Canal Trust Company Senior Vice President & Director of Marketing Michael Wayne.