Often times we forget just how much effort it takes to put on an annual event like this, but Sh-Boom was never one to shy away from  helping others. Over the many years I've known the band, I've seen their generosity in supporting local charities as well as individuals in need. About the only thing Sh-Boom does shy away from is publicity for their charitable work. In my opinion, special thanks are long overdue. Thank you Sh-Boom!

Sh-Boom has been selected to receive the 2012 Special Olympics Minnesota Outstanding Special Event/Fundraiser Award and will be honored at the organization’s annual Distinguished Service Awards banquet. Distinguished Service Awards recognize Special Olympics Minnesota athletes, coaches, volunteers, sponsors and family members who demonstrate an incredible amount of support, enthusiasm and time commitment to the organization.

Kathy Moland, a Sh-Boom band member, will accept the award on behalf of Sh-Boom. Sh-Boom, a premier attraction band that plays in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, has been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years. The band organizes, advertises and puts on an annual dance that donates all of its proceeds to the Special Olympics Minnesota Duluth Allstars. Not only has Sh-Boom promoted the Duluth Allstars, but they have also raised more than $13,500 for the past seven years.

Sh-Boom will receive the award at the Special Olympics Minnesota Distinguished Service Awards banquet Sept. 22, at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, Minn. For more information or to purchase tickets, banquet, visit www.specialolympicsminnesota.org/DSA.php.