It started as simple as a post on Facebook- I had put up a poll asking what people’s “favorite Kiss songs” were. The post started to snowball so fast that I soon had fellow musicians telling me “We have to do a jam night”! Who was I to say no? But I also thought, if we’re going to do this, let’s make it a charity event!
It came to fruition in 2017 for our first ever “You Wanted the Best” night, and it was such a huge success we’ve done it annually since. It has now grown to an all-day event with 3 stages of entertainment and fun for the whole family!
Now in our seventh year, the Cleveland Musicians Fundraiser has raised over $75,000 for charities, including Autism Speaks, The American Cancer Society, Lifebanc, PAWS, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Sub-Zero Mission.
Cleveland Musicians Fundraiser’s “You Wanted the Best” Kiss Tribute Benefit was recently nominated for Cleveland Magazine’s Best Charitable Event (Best of the East) category for their 2023 Best of Cleveland awards.
We look forward to seeing you this year on July 31st in Geneva on the Lake, Ohio!
- R. Scott Vaughn
Chairman, Cleveland Musicians’ Fundraiser