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OctoberFAST to celebrate Jim Benson's 80th birthday on Oct. 1

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Monday, August 15, 2016

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Country singer and songwriter John Anderson will perform at the Benson OctoberFAST benefiting Greer Community Ministries on Saturday, Oct. 1, outside Greer First Baptist Church.
 

Country singer and songwriter John Anderson will perform at the Benson OctoberFAST benefiting Greer Community Ministries on Saturday, Oct. 1, outside Greer First Baptist Church.

 



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Country singer and songwriter John Anderson will perform at the 10th Annual Benson OctoberFAST benefiting Greer Community Ministries (GCM) on Saturday, Oct. 1, outside Greer First Baptist Church.

The New River Band of Greer will open for the award-winning Anderson, whose hits include “Swingin’” and “Seminole Wind.” The concert is free and open to the public.

The event will celebrate the 80th birthday of Jim Benson, owner of the Benson Automotive group, which is the title sponsor. A 5K race at 8:30 a.m. and a Classic Car Show from noon to 4 p.m. are featured. Mutts BBQ and Sno Hut will be on site to provide lunch and refreshments. Greenville Health System will give free flu shots and blood pressure checks from noon – 2 p.m.

“We plan to celebrate Mr. Benson’s birthday this year at OctoberFAST. He has given so much to Greer Community Ministries and has worked for the welfare of the Greater Greer community at large. Throwing a party is the least we can do to honor this hometown hero,” said Cindy Simpler, GCM executive director.

“We are also excited to have John Anderson and the New River Band to provide live entertainment for the party. This event is a great way for people to enjoy a family friendly event while supporting our ministry,” Simpler said.

Preregistration for the 5K race, which goes through Greer on a flat, certified course, is available at go-greenevents.com. T-shirts are included for all participants who register by Sept. 15.

Classic Car Show participants must also be preregistered this year. Spaces range from $25-$50 and the first 50 registrants will receive a special birthday gift from Benson. Forms are available at gcminc.org.

Sponsorship opportunities can also be found on the ministry’s website. A new option this year is a Wish Come True birthday candle to honor Benson. With this $300 sponsorship, a three-foot candle will be placed at the venue and will include the business or individual’s name.

 

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