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April 14, 2004

Reality Check Presents Annual Battle of the Bands

The Oswego County Reality Check program is hosting its second annual Battle of the Bands from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Fulton War Memorial. Modern Rock 100.9 K-Rock will host the event. All proceeds will be used for children's scholarships to Camp Hollis, the Oswego County's children's camp on the shore of Lake Ontario.

Tickets are $5 each and are available through the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and at the door.

National recording artists Long Since Forgotten will close out the concert. Local bands are invited to fill out an application to perform. The length of performance time will depend on the number of bands who sign up.

Reality Check, a program of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, is a statewide youth-driven organization aimed at exposing the manipulative marketing practices used by the tobacco industry to target teens.

" 'We won't be bought' is one of Reality Check's slogans. By holding events like these, we are telling big tobacco that we don't want them to market their products to us," said Leanna Chapman, a Reality Check member from Fulton.

K-Rock will provide a live remote broadcast during the event. Prizes will be given away throughout the evening. The first place prize is airtime on "Back Stage Live" from K-Rock, and the second place prize is a free picnic or family party at Camp Hollis.

The Battle of the Bands is sponsored by Reality Check, Phoenix Community Leaders and Friends of Camp Hollis.

High school students who would like their band to compete should contact Katie Ives, Reality Check Coordinator, or Jim Farfaglia, senior youth services specialist at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, phone 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451.

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