Triplewide to play at Seven fundraiser

Proceeds from a silent auction will go to Imagination Station

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The third annual Seven fundraiser will kick off tonight to benefit Imagination Station.

Rhyan Breen, who started the event two years ago, said attendees can expect beer from Brewmasters, food from SoCo and sweets provided by Magnolia Grove. Triplewide will also be performing live during the fundraiser.

Triplewide singer Steven Stewart, who describes the band’s sound as funky and bluesy rorck, said he is a friend and neighbor to Breen, so when Breen asked him to be a part of the event he quickly agreed.

“The fundraiser is for a more than worthy cause,” said Stewart. “We have children and it is important to have a nice facility where they can visit and learn in our community.”

Stewart said when Imagination Station opened 25 years ago, his mother had an office in the building, so he visited the museum a lot.

“It’s important for us to give back to what has become such an asset in our community,” said Stewart.

The band’s main members are Dale Bryce, David Daniels, Whitney Pearsall and Stewart, but thye like to collaberate with anyone who likes to jam.

Breen agreed that the museum is important to Wilson.

“Imagination Station brings in the most visitors to downtown Wilson and most of those are children,” he said. “Many people from surrounding counties visit Wilson for the first time when they come to Imagination Station. So, we want this to be a facility that not only stimulates the mind about science and technology, but provides a positive Wilson experience.”

Breen said that there will also be a silent auction.

“The big item this year is a week-long stay at the Robin’s Nest in Maine,” he said.

There will also be sports and movie memorabilia, fossils and a photo print from Jerome De Perlinghi, who organizes Eyes on Main Street.

In the last two years, the event has raised more than $35,000 for the museum. Breen said the goal for this year’s fundraiser is $20,000 and the money will go toward renovations and repairs for Imagination Station.

Tickets are $40 for museum members and $50 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The event starts at 7 p.m.

All money raised will go back to the museum.