Local media raise more than $20,000 for cancer patients

Local media raise more than $20,000 for cancer patients »Play Video
Eyewitness News reporter Josh Helmuth, left, and weathercaster Aaron Perlman perform Saturday, June 22, 2013, before the Media Music Jam at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Bakersfield media joined together Saturday night to raise money for local cancer patients.

The nearly sold-out Media Music Jam at and in partnership with Buck Owens' Crystal Palace reportedly raised more than $20,000 for the Kern County Cancer Fund

The event was organized by Steve Flores of Thee Majestics, who has put on similar events over the past 10 years, beginning with a benefit for an ailing disc jockey.

Flores said none of the previous concerts attracted as many media professionals as this one. His band backed up performers ranging from KGET's Jim Scott to KRAB radio's Danny Spanks. Buckely Radio's Jeff Lemucchi showed off his skill as a trumpet player, and Tony Lee did an impressive rendition of "Your Man" by Josh Turner.

Other memorable performances throughout the evening came from KBAK/KBFX promotions director Tracy Peoples and The Bakersfield Californian's Matt Munoz, as well as California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rodriguez, who sang the Commodores' "Brick House."

In addition to ticket sales, money was raised through raffles and an auction. KERO anchor Mike Hart wowed the crowd with his auctioneer skills.

Prior to the show, KBAK/KBFX morning reporter Josh Helmuth and weatherman Aaron Perlman took to the stage and performed a handful of songs, including a couple of Perlman's originals.