Magic City Blues, George Thorogood, First Interstate Bank and Billings Clinic Foundation are working together to help the families of pediatric cancer patients in the region and ask for the community’s help in reaching a $25,000 fundraising goal.

George Thorogood is headlining the upcoming Magic City Blues Festival and $1 from every ticket sold to his Aug. 2 performance will be donated to Kelker’s Kids, a Billings Clinic Foundation fund that helps the families of pediatric cancer patients cover non-medical costs such as utility bills or travel expenses. Magic City Blues has also agreed to donate $1 from every ticket sold for its Aug. 3 event featuring  Postmodern Jukebox and has designated 10 VIP tables that evening from which a portion of the proceeds will go to Kelker’s Kids.

First Interstate Bank will match community donations up to a total of $5,000.

Said Brian Brown, First Interstate Bank’s Billings Market President, “We’re proud to support this incredibly worthy effort and challenge our community partners to do the same.”

 Festival founder and organizer Tim Goodridge and his family – Pam, Tim, Henry, Will, Jane and Jellee – have great love and affection for the people who take care of kids with cancer at Billings Clinic. The family worked closely with the organization for more than three years while Will was being treated for Leukemia.

“Will survived and is thriving, and for that we are forever grateful,” said  Goodridge. “To show our gratitude, we are committed to helping Billings Clinic raise these funds for Kelker’s Kids, which provides welcome help to families with kids in cancer treatment during what can be the one of the most difficult times in their lives.”

First Interstate Bank and Billings Clinic Foundation are asking members of the community to donate and share their support on social media by posting a selfie and message of support with the hashtag #RockOnWithGeorge. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win two all-inclusive tickets to the 2019 Billings Clinic Classic on August 24.

To make a donation or for more information on Kelker’s Kids, visit www.kelkerskids.com. For more information on Magic City Blues or on how to support Kelker’s Kids through the festival, call 406-534-0400.