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JAMMIN' for a cause

Charlie Daniels' annual concert will feature 11 acts, including Jeff Carson, Molly Hatchet and the Marshall Tucker Band.

Country music star Charlie Daniels, along with a few of his friends, will return to Coachman Park on Sunday for a daylong concert to benefit a group home in Hudson for people with severe disabilities.

Daniels will jam with dozens of musicians, including Nashville's Doug Supernaw and Tampa Bay's T.C. Carr and the Catch, for the 10th annual Charlie Daniels/Ogden Martin Angelus Country Concert. Proceeds from ticket and vendor sales will benefit the Angelus home in Pasco County and other non-profit organizations.

"We were very pleased last year, and this year will prove to be even bigger and better," event director Mike Vandiver said. "The response has been overwhelming."

The event moved last year from Pasco County to Clearwater to save money on production costs and to attract more patrons. It worked. About 5,500 people attended the concert _ 1,000 more fans than the 1998 show at Zephyrhills Festival Park.

Since 1991, the concert has raised about $950,000. "We expect to raise close to $200,000 this year," Vandiver said.

Proceeds from an invitation-only dinner/auction at the Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa and a sold-out Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday also will benefit the Angelus.

The lineup features 11 acts, including Jeff Carson, Supernaw, Exhile, Confederate Railroad, Marshall Tucker Band and Molly Hatchet. All the musicians donate their time to the event.

"That's a very good, strong lineup for that price," said Gerry Wood, chief correspondent for Country Weekly magazine, when told of the $15 admission. "People will get their money's worth."

A jam session featuring Daniels, a Grammy-winning recording artist whose hits include Long Haired Country Boy, The South's Gonna Do It Again and The Devil Went Down to Georgia, will cap seven hours of entertainment.

A throat operation prevented Daniels from singing at last year's concert, so Danny Shirley, lead singer for Confederate Railroad, filled in for him. Daniels still wowed the crowd by playing his fiddle.

Country singers won't be the only celebrities at the waterfront park. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerry Wunsch, Patrick Hape and Dave Moore, St. Louis Cardinal Rick Honeycutt and Tampa Bay Storm head coach Tim Marcum are scheduled to sign autographs.

Vendors will sell beer, soft drinks, barbecue sandwiches, cheeseburgers, onion rings, turkey legs, cotton candy and more. "It runs the whole gamut," said Terry Schmidt, special-events director for the city of Clearwater, which is co-sponsoring the event.

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