Step it up for Rob Wilson at Downstairs
October 28, 2011
Seth Hill, operating partner of Downstairs club, considers Park City residents as his family. That’s why he’s asking the community to help a brother in need.
On Friday, Nov. 4, Downstairs is holding a fundraiser for Rob Wilson, who is fighting leukemia.
Wilson, known throughout the town as the guitarist for the band 10th Mountain, is undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
This is the second time Wilson has fought the disease, Hill said. Back in 2010, he underwent a successful bone marrow transplant, but the disease returned and has infected his skin.
"He has two young children and a wife and we can only imagine the burden this could put on a family," Hill said.
Hill has known Wilson, a graduate of Park City High School and former guitarist for bands Johnny and the Rockets and Higher Power, for years.
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"We’ve had 10th Mountain play at different bars that I’ve owned and managed in this town for the better part of 12 years," Hill said. "He is a genuine and personable guy."
A few months ago, Wilson’s friends contacted Hill about organizing a benefit.
"We discussed putting together a fundraiser or some kind of charity event," Hill said. "We knew it was a great idea, so we began contacting people to help with donations."
The night will feature three bands the Bar Fly Wranglers, Dirtbags Don’t Die and Wilson’s own 10th Mountain.
In addition, there will be prize drawings and a silent auction, Hill said.
"The great part about the fundraiser is how the sponsors got behind us and put together some amazing items for the silent auction," he said.
Prizes include certificates from Park City-area restaurants and a fly-fishing tour, Hill said. There are even items from Max Snowboards, a GoPro camera, and season passes to Park City Mountain Resort.
Hill would love to see a good turnout the moment the doors open.
"We hope to have people come through the doors right at 8 p.m., because that’s when everyone will get to view some of the silent-auction items," he said. "We’re hoping to get a good early crowd, and then get a late crowd, so as many people can be a part of this event as possible, to raise as much money as we can for the family."
Tickets for the event are available at ticketcake.com/downstairs/rob-wilson-fundraiser/2011-11-04. When people visit the website, they will have three different donation choices $20, $50 and $100 all of which will allow entry to the event. If people want to donate more, they can call (855) 321-2253.
"We’re lucky enough to live in this beautiful resort town and have the scenery as our backdrop year round," Hill said. "Unfortunately, bad things pop up in our beautiful little community and it can happen to anyone of us.
"I told my staff as we were planning the event that this could have happened to your family or my family and if it did, you and I would hope someone would step up and do something like this," he said. "It’s important that we do take it upon ourselves to jump in and help somebody in the community who is faced with a tough road ahead."
Hill sees holding the fundraiser at Downstairs as a privilege.
"We’re lucky to be able to be able to do this for someone like Rob," he said. "We need to show our support and give back and help Rob and his family during this tough time."
Downstairs, 625 Main St., will hold a fundraiser for Rob Wilson on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. The night will include prize drawings, a silent auction and music. To make a donation or buy tickets, visit http://www.ticketcake.com.