BRITISH INVASION – event summary

September 28th, 2012 by admin

On July 28th, The Bestwick Foundation partnered with the State Theater to bring The British Invasion, a musical extravaganza, to the Centre Region at the State Theater. Local bands and artists responded with their respective energized renditions of music from then (1960’s) until NOW … playing old classic rock hits from the Beatles, Stones, Dave Clark Five, Joe Cocker and other Rock Superstars who started the “Invasion” to current stars like Adele.

Local favorites Pure Cane Sugar and Jason McIntyre treated over 125 VIP partakers to a reception at Indigo prior to the concert. The reception consisted of catered delights from Catering With Style, The Westside Stadium Bar and Grill, Herwig’s Austrian Bistro, The Allen Street Grill, and Sweet Indulgence Desserts. After the VIP Reception, Bands and Artists

  • Ted and the Hi-Fi’s
  • Screaming Ducks
  • Pure Cane Sugar
  • Jason McIntyre & Junior Tutwiler Tommy Wareham
  • Miss Melanie & The Valley Rats Vic Rizzo
  • Ginger Woolridge & Billy Bucha Harold Taddy

performed for over 3 hours to a nearly-sold out theater.


Ronald Gilligan, local auctioneer, conducted a live auction for three fantastic prizes that grossed over $5,000.00: PSU Football Game Weekend, a Florida Weekend Getaway to St. Augustine, and a Week Vacation stay to exotic Belize. Two signed posters designed by Jorge Jovel, autographed by the performers and framed by Douglas Albert Studios netted over $2,000.00.

The British Invasion netted over $25,000.00 which will be used for support of the State Theater, and to help local entities, families and individuals in need of support from the fight against cancer. Jamie Bestwick remarked that: “Events like this absolutely fit our Foundation’s mission – which is twofold: to help those in need financial support in their fight against cancer; and to help assist local community institutions like the State Theater, so we can use facilities like this to host events that will support our cause.”

Corporate sponsorship included Westside Stadium Bar and Grill, Monster Drink, the Leitzell Family and Forever Broadcasting.