Allie’s Five O’Clock Fund
Allie’s Five O’clock fund is named after Alison Guarente, a little girl who was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. She was diagnosed with two tumors on the optic nerves in her eyes. In 2006 Allie and her family founded “Allie’s Five O’clock Fund” to help other children that are battling against cancer. The money raised from the events they hold goes to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber, two institutions who played a large roll in Allie’s battle against childhood cancer.
In 2007 Allie’s Five O’clock fund started the “Summer State of Mind Concert” in Holyoke. It is a day of fun and entertainment for the family and all for a great cause. The concerts started off as a backyard picnic with a DJ, which eventually grew into an annual concert with the band Changes in Latitude at the Elks club. Last year the concert drew over 1,000 people, which meant it was time to expand their venue. This year is the first year to be at an actual concert venue and is expected to be their biggest concert yet.
This year’s concert is on July 21st at Mountain Park in Holyoke. This year’s performances include: Led Zeppelin tribute; Get the Led Out, Pink Floyd Tribute; The Machine, local Jimmy Buffet tribute; Changes in Latitude and the Rum Runners. The doors open and 3:00 pm and the show begins at 4:00 pm. Tickets for the event are $100, $25 and $15 and are available through the Northampton box office or online at iheg.com.
Allie is now nine years old and is doing well. Her latest MRI results are very good; they have controlled the tumor to where it’s not growing anymore. Grab your family and friends and come out for some entertainment for a great cause!