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​THE CHRIS HANSON TRIBUTE – A BENEFIT

Best Bets | April 5th, 2023

Armory Event Center, 904 Center Ave, Moorhead

Enjoy fantastic music from six amazing local bands at “The Chris Hanson Tribute – A Benefit” on Saturday, April 15th, from 6:00pm until midnight!

The FM Kicks Band, The Cropdusters, Fat Daddy’s, Gina Powers Band, Guys and Dahls, and Helena Handbasket are getting together for one incredible night to celebrate and raise money in honor of our good friend, Christopher Hanson.

We are partnering with the organization Lend A Hand Up which is generously boosting all online gifts by adding a 20% match. In lieu of cover charge, we will ask that you donate to The Chris Hanson Memorial Fund either through the Lend A Hand Up fundraising page or via cash or check at the event. Additionally, there will be a silent auction featuring great items donated by generous local businesses and a pinochle tournament (register to play here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4ea9af22a5f94-thechris )!

A cash bar will be open throughout the event as well as appetizers available.

Follow the event page for updates and more details!

If you are unable to attend this amazing show, please still consider donating on our Lend A Hand Up fundraising page: https://lendahandup.org/give/chris660

We need volunteers for this event run smoothly! Please follow this link to help us make this a show that Chris would be proud of:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4EA9AF22A5F94-chris

For more about our wonderful friend, please read on:

Christopher Hanson, 45, was a beloved friend to everyone who knew him. In September 2022, Christopher married Sarah Beck. During their first dance as husband and wife, he tenderly sang “Crazy Love” to her, and no one had ever seen him so full of joy. Just 80 days later, after suffering a sudden stroke, he passed away with Sarah by his side.

Christopher had a servant’s heart which was evident in every aspect of his life. Since 2015, he worked at Faith United Methodist Church as Executive Assistant and Music Director. He impacted every aspect of the church as he served through ministry, built relationships, and humbly led by example.

Sgt. Hanson honorably served his country in the military for 22 years, 12 full-time and 10 part-time. One of his greatest privileges during his tenure was providing Military Funeral Honors for more than 260 veterans. He actively served in the American Legion.

Christopher was a passionate and talented musician, composer, arranger, and vocalist. He was a freelance musician and member of countless bands, including Helena Handbasket, FM Kicks, and Guys and Dahls. He established and ran the Jass Festival for 25 years, giving mentorship and performance opportunities to aspiring young jazz musicians.

Christopher loved and hugged fiercely. He put all his energy into his passions – faith, military and music, and the relationships he fostered within each. His final act of service was the gift of life as an organ and tissue donor.

Thank you for reading all about our Christopher. We hope you join us on April 15th for an amazing night of music! 

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