John Bell will host his 11th annual Hannah’s Buddies Charity Classic and Concert this February. The two-night event will feature a charity golf tournament in Orlando, FL on February 19 and an all-star concert at Disney World’s House of Blues on February 20. In addition to Widespread Panic guitarist, this year’s John Bell and Friends Benefit Bash will feature Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Nickel & The Bye Polar Bears. A dinner and silent auction will also be held at the House of Blues before the all-star performance.
According to Panic, “It all started in 1999 when John Bell of Widespread Panic decided to do something to help his goddaughter, Hannah, and children like her afflicted with the neuromuscular disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). John and Hannah gathered seventy-five golfers for a day on the greens, a silent auction and a concert at the Orlando, Florida House of Blues. Since then, the Hannah’s Buddies Charity Classic has been held annually in Orlando, Florida to raise funds for SMA research. In its first ten years, nearly $2 million has been raised for SMA research through the event.”