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Cheeky Spanks plays Sly McFly's Saturday, Dec. 1, at "Coast 4 Coast, A Hurricane Sandy Benefit."

Apparently we've not only come into the season of giving, but the weekend of giving. This weekend alone there are four fundraising events, which isn't really that unusual around here, but two of them are on the same day and for the same cause with the virtually the same names.

One is the "Coast 4 Coast" benefit, while the other is a "Coast for Coast" benefit, both on Saturday, both to help the victims of the devastating super-storm Sandy on the Eastern seaboard.

The former is being held at Sly McFly's on Cannery Row and is the brainchild of Jill Childers, lead singer of the classic rock 'n' soul band Cheeky Spanks, who has a personal interest in helping out those victimized by the storm (more on that later).

The latter is being held at the Museum of Monterey at Custom House Plaza and was conceived by Domingo Rivera from 102.5 KDON's "Morning Madhouse" and partnered with The Monterey History and Art Association, operators of the museum. All of the proceeds from both events will go to the American Red Cross (with Brooklyn Neighbors in Need also a beneficiary at the Sly's/Cheeky event).

And, in a stroke of luck, both events are happening at different times, the one at Sly's from 2-5:30 p.m. and the one at the museum from 6-10 p.m., so those so inclined can attend both events. Suggested donation for the Sly's event is $15, while the admission to the museum event is a flat $25 at the door (no presale discounts, this is a benefit!).


Childers was motivated to help just by remembering her sister Betsy, who lived in Waveland, Miss., when Hurricane Katrina hit the south in 2005. Her sister gave shelter to 50 people in her two-bedroom house. She died two years later from a disease directly related to exposure to chemicals and contaminated water. So Childers knows firsthand how devastating a storm can be, even if you're not directly in its path.

"Not only are many people homeless, it's now snowing and cold back east," Childers writes. "The holidays are coming up and most of us will be warm and well fed. Maybe we can guarantee that a few more families have clean water, warm blankets, even something as simple as clean underwear. Brooklyn Neighbors in Need gives away 600 pair a day."

Childers' event also features singers Bryan Diamond, Jaqui Hope and Lark Simmons; blues bands Rollin' & Tumblin' and Lorelei & The Groovehounds; and strolling magician Dale Mulhern.

For more information, contact Jill Childers at 277-9952 or at

As for the museum bash, that event include beer and wine tasting, a tequila tasting brought to you by the folks who put on the Monterey Tequila Expo (Cristal Murphy and her brother Omar Mercado, hors d'oeuvres from a variety of local restaurants, DJ, lighting and sound from DNA Entertainment, a photo both from Kovr Design, the Grind Out Hunger organization doing a food and fund drive, Pik Pok shirts, a raffle, silent auction and live music from Santa Cruz soul/funk band Matt Masih and the Messengers.

For more information, go to To volunteer, help or donate items for the raffle or silent auctions, contact Domingo at or at 917-7645.

The third major fundraiser is the second annual Cruz McDowell Hemophilia Fundraiser Sunday from 4-8 p.m., also at Sly McFly's on Cannery Row.

All proceeds from that event, which includes a silent auction, raffle and performance by The Money Band, will go to the Central California Hemophilia Foundation in the name of Cruz McDowell, the 1-year-old son of Jimmy & Armida McDowell, who has Severe Hemophilia A.

Jimmy is the bar manager at Sly McFly's and Armida is a longtime employee of Hula's in New Monterey.

Check out the full story in this week's GO! Info is at cmhemophiliafund; 236-1501; or

With the space I have left, I want to mention a show that is going on the same night as the two Sandy benefits. Sydney, Australia-based rockers Monks of Mellonwah is currently on its first U.S. tour, with stops at the legendary Whiskey A-Go-Go in L.A. and the Mercury Lounge in New York City, with a show at Jose's Underground Lounge sandwiched in between. It'll probably be the smallest room this up-and-coming band will be playing on the tour. Recent winners of the Best International Rock Band at the L.A. Music Awards, the youthful quartet blends Muse-like anthems with Red Hot Chili Peppers funk-rock drive. Well worth checking them out, especially for a mere $5 (and three other bands on the bill).

The good news is that the band probably won't go on until about 11 p.m., give or take, so you could make the two benefits AND the Monks' show.

You might even be able to squeeze in Beso Negro at the Golden State Theatre. I realize that's a long day, but you won't regret it. Rest on Sunday...before the hemophilia benefit!GO!