The stage at Firth High School holds a special place in Callie Crofts’ heart.
In high school, she was crowned Junior Miss there. It’s also where she played guitar in front of a crowd for the first time. And Saturday, it’s where she’ll play a benefit concert for cancer research.
The 28-year-old Crofts, who now resides in Orem, Utah, and her band, My Fair Fiend, will help raise money for the Bingham County Relay for Life. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at 329 Lincoln St., Firth. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at tinyurl.com/myfairfiend.
“Cancer research is a cause that’s really personal and meaningful to me,” Crofts said. “I lost my mom to cancer when I was 8 years old and that’s always been a big part of what drives me artistically.”
Crofts was still in high school when she began singing and playing guitar on YouTube. Last year, her band released its debut album. The band has toured several times in Idaho and Utah.
The group plays mostly acoustic alternative rock. Some people have compared My Fair Fiend to Incubus, a band popular in the ’90s.
“My music now is a little darker than what I was singing when I started on YouTube,” Crofts said. “My music has a kind of mellow vibe to it with kind of haunting vocals.”
Relay for Life is an annual community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. In the next few months, several other Relay for Life teams will hold fundraising events. There also are several communitywide events taking place in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls and Rexburg.
Crofts’ concert is one of the larger fundraising events for Bingham County.
Bingham County raised more than $50,000 from its Relay for Life fundraising events last year.
Last year, the Idaho Falls Relay for Life organization raised $138,000. Kathy Dietrich, community relationship manager for the American Cancer Society in eastern Idaho said this year, it has set a goal of $150,000.
Jenn Moulton, Idaho Falls Relay for Life chairwoman, said the group is seeing more donations compared to last year. The organization received donations from major sponsors earlier in the year, Moulton said, which has helped it get off to a strong start.
“Things are going very well,” Moulton said. “We’ve raised about $43,000 so far, which is ahead of where we were last year. We’ve also added another big fundraiser this year so we’re expecting that will really help us meet our goal.”
The additional fundraiser also will take place this weekend, a 5K run at Snake River Landing. Moulton said participants can register for $30 on the day of the event. The fun run starts at 9 a.m.
Dietrich said the Relay for Life event is something that not only helps fund cancer research, but also brings people together.
“It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action to finish the fight once and for all,” she said. “Every dollar raised supports cancer research.”
For questions, or to find out more about Relay for Life events and fundraising opportunities call Moulton at 716-0878.