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Huge benefit concert planned for Lake George

LAKE GEORGE Mike Craft knows something about entertainment and booking bands. The former nightclub owner and investor used to run concerts and nightclubs in the Capital District and has booked over 500 acts in his time. He is taking that knowledge and using it to create an event to raise money and awareness about HIV/AIDS and what is and isnt being done about it. He is partnering with the Lake George Forum to put on a four-day event, and hes looking for any interested bands to contact him. Im looking for rock n roll, jazz, country western, just about anything, he said. This is going to be like an indoor Woodstock. The Live HIV/AIDS Concert will begin on April 30 and continue on May 1, 2, 3 and 4 at the forum. Craft has enlisted the help of Mark Brenneiser, president of Total Entertainment, a professional promotion and entertainment company to help make the event a success. Between the two of them, they have many contacts and are hoping for some celebrity drop-ins during the concert. They are advertising in Country Weekly Magazine for the event, and expect to be in other national publications as well. Were starting an HIV Scholarship Fund, Craft said. Were going to send these kids infected with HIV to college. He is enlisting many schools across the country to become a part of his dream. The only way to fight HIV/AIDS is through education, and my goal is to keep this going long after Im gone, he said. He said the schools he is talking to arent Ivy League names, but good schools that are moderately priced and offer excellent educational options. Craft said that our government, as well as many around the globe, are not forthcoming with information about HIV/AIDS. There are far more HIV infected people than all governments lead on, Craft said. The prime minister of India is worried that he has 5-7 percent of the population infected with HIV, which would be 50-70 million in that country alone. The United States figures are so low, that no one believes them. He said the goal of the concert is to have great entertainment while raising money for the scholarship fund, but also to raise awareness and provide information to help combat the infection. Craft is also offering corporate sponsorships for the four-day event. For $15,000, a company can be a part of our advertising inside and outside of the venue, he said. Theyll have major signs inside and a booth to showcase a product. He said many companies represent large brands that would pay for the promotion. A plumbing supply company could contact Koehler, and showcase that brand, and Koehler would probably pay for the sponsorship, he said. He is also in contact with Albany Broadcasting, hoping for radio coverage of the event, and he said that talk show host Joe Condon has already signed on. For information about the event, or to find out about performing in the Live HIV/AIDS Four-Day Concert, visit lakegeohivlive.com or by email at info@lakegeohivlive.com or livehivconcert@yahoo.com .

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