By Michelle Caceres

Raizing Cain, a local six-member pop/rock/country band, is slated to rock out at the Palmetto Club on Saturday, January 18 from 6–10 p.m. The group is performing at Raizing Cain Raizing Hope, a benefit concert in honor of three FishHawk Creek Elementary teachers (Jane Farkas, Jackie Waluzak and Debbie Crawford) undergoing treatment for various forms of cancer.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to these courageous women.

The evening will have a Mardi Gras theme. The night will include dinner, music, dancing and a cash bar. The planning committee, which includes other teachers at the school, is hopeful that local businesses and families will donate 100 baskets for the silent auction. Drawings will be held throughout the evening.

A special pre-event concert will be performed by students at the school.

Tickets to the event are $25 per person and are on sale now at What’s in Store, located at 16727 FishHawk Blvd. in the SweetBay Plaza. Childcare during the event is also being offered by FishHawk Early Learning Center. The cost is $25 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. All monies collected from childcare are being donated to the teachers. Deadline for childcare registration is Wednesday, January 15. To register your child, call Susan at 719-0139.

One of the event coordinators, Kelly Rowjohn, said the teachers at the school have really come together on behalf of their colleagues. “They want to support them during this challenge and they have put this event together to help ease the financial burden of their struggle and to honor them and show they care,” she said.

Major sponsors of the event include Raizing Cain, Nancy Lemon and Girls with Confidence, Southern Hospitality Party Services, FishHawk Early Learning Center and the Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch.

For more information about the event or to make a donation, contact Rowjohn at 655-9985 or e-mail her at


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Michelle Caceres
MIchelle Caceres has been writing for the Osprey Observer for seventeen years. She enjoys writing human interest pieces about inspiring members of the community who are working to better our community. She lives in FishHawk Ranch with her husband and recently became an empty-nester. When not writing, Michelle is serving her church community, reading and enjoying Florida's weather.