AN ESTIMATED 1,000-plus Durand area natives and classic rock lovers descended upon the village of Bancroft on Saturday, Aug. 25 for the 2nd annual Durand Veterans of Rock ‘n’ Roll benefit concert. The event was organized by band leader Bob Sager, Jim’s Pizza owner Greg Martin and Durand VFW Post 2272 to support Kim Bowen’s effort to bring a veteran inpatient housing/education/employability facility – which will be only the state’s second such facility – to Bancroft. Bowen owns two Welcome Home Assisted Living facilities in Shiawassee County, and she purchased the former Wilbur Bills Elementary in 2016.
With more than 1,000 concert-goers in attendance for the Durand Veterans of Rock ’n’ Roll’s Welcome Home Veterans concert, the village of Bancroft’s population tripled during the event, but even more impressive were the number of local residents and businesses that donated or volunteered their time to make the event possible.
Among the many volunteers was Bancroft resident Brian Barnum, who donated his time and expertise to move the outdated playground equipment from the site prior to the concert. A number of local residents volunteered the use of their tractors and wagons to shuttle guests between the concert venue and the parking area, which were located several blocks apart.
Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office deputies provided crowd control and security, and they were assisted by Shiawassee Emergency Manager Trent Atkins, Bancroft Police Chief Jim LePage, Shiawassee Township firefighters, the Michigan State Police, Perry EMS and CERT volunteers. Sunbelt Rentals of DeWitt provided the lighting for the event and My Can of Durand provided portable toilets.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)