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All You Need is Love (and Food)… Again

Second-annual event will raise money and canned goods for the homeless. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Last year’s All You Need is Love (And Food) event went so well, organizers decided to do it again.

Dozens of Cleveland-area musicians will take the stage at the Lakewood Masonic Temple to perform music of the Beatles, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday — presented by the Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach organization.

The Lakewood organization provides hundreds of hot meals, a produce distribution (distributing about 15,000 pounds of food in the summer), community gardens and community-based health and wellness programs to Lakewood’s neediest residents.

“We’re all coming together for hunger relief,” said event organizer and TLCO advisory committee member Jason Weiner. “It’s a theme for the kind of community that we all want to be a part of.” 

The Cleveland School of Rock is headlining the event, but there are dozens of other acts slated to perform, including the band Sheela and the Others.

Musicians include event co-organizer Rachel Shortt, Charlie Mosbrook, Avin Baird, John McGrail, Mike Dooley, the TLC Quartet, Gary Rice, Gabrielle Shimpff and Alexis Antes.

They will perform songs that include favorites such as “Oh! Darling,” “Piggies,” “Let it Be,” “Rocky Raccoon,” “Imagine,” and  “She Loves You.” 

There are more. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Organizers are aksing for a suggested $10 donation, and/or canned food items. Preferred items include re peanut butter, canned tuna, canned fruit or vegetable, boxed cereal. 

Admission is free for children.

“We really want to encourage families to come out,” said Weiner. “If you can’t afford $10, that’s OK. Come out anyway.”

Last year’s gig brought in around $3,000 and 800 cans of food. 

“I’d love to double that,” Weiner said. “It exceeded our expectations last year. It’s a great way to raise awareness and to hit our fundraising goal.”

Root Café will be on hand, providing coffee and pastries. Local artist Billy Nainiger is donating prints of his Beatles-themed artwork that will be available in a raffle at the event.

“The funds the ultimately support the boots on the ground of TLCO. That means our four hot meals every month — attended by an average of 80 people. The produce distribution alone gives out 15,000 pounds of produce in the summer months.”

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