The annual “Rally Against Heroin Rise Up Battle of the Bands” is set for 1-9 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Cedar Hill Elks Lodge, 8430 Industrial Drive.

The event, which will feature five local bands, is being held to raise money to help those struggling with addiction.

Chairperson Paula Harriss said the event, which started in 2016, was not held in 2020 because of COVID-19 health concerns.

The five bands scheduled to play at the event include Infringement; Menace & Mad Moe and the Jokers; About Time; Kapow!; and Otis & the Fireflies.

There is no admission charge, but attendees will pay $1 to cast votes for their favorite band, and the proceeds will go to those fighting addiction, Harriss said.

“The main purpose of (the event) is to generate funds to be able to help people get treatment who are addicted to drugs, of all kinds not just heroin,” she said.

Harriss said the money is used to send people to CORE, a not-for-profit treatment center in Branson.

She said in the past, the battle of the bands has raised anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000. She also said it costs $300 for a person to start treatment at CORE.

Harriss said anyone seeking help with treatment may call the Cedar Hill Elks Lodge, 636-285-3074, to get in touch with a member of Rally Against Heroin.

Miky Balta, another member of the event organizing committee, said the fundraiser also features raffles and vendors.

“I think this year we are going to have around 30 or 40 vendors,” she said.

Balta said vendors include crafters, Thirty One sellers, T-shirts and more.

She said concessions will be sold, including hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, soda, beer, water and mixed drinks.

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