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Avett Brothers Signed Banjo Unites Musicians in Charity Raffle Benefiting Nationwide Children's Hospital


Columbus, OH -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/15/2015 -- When the members of Fox Valley Harvest (FVH) handed the Avett Brothers a Deering banjo to sign as a grand prize for their raffle benefiting pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children's Hospital, it was an awe inspiring moment.

"I am especially humbled by the time that the Avett Brothers spent with us," said Mark Hixson of FVH. "They are a fantastic band at the top of their game, selling out venues all over the world and they took the time to meet with us and champion this cause."

The support of the Avett Brothers inspired the band to reach out to other musicians at national and local levels. To be offered as runner up prizes, signed merchandise donations from Alabama Shakes, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Nell Robinson, The Infamous Stringdusters, Dale Ann Bradley, Mountain Heart, and the Wayfarers were received by Fox Valley Harvest.

Motivated by Halie Crawford (daughter of Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers) and her brave battle with brain tumors, the band wanted to find a way to serve a great organization and promote an appreciation for music at the same time.

"The support we have received from artists across multiple genres, generations, and stages in their career is overwhelming," said Scott Maruskin of FVH. "It is further validation we are supporting an excellent cause that affects everyone, not just the people of central Ohio."

Fox Valley Harvest will perform at the A&R Bar on October 24th and conduct the raffle drawing. Raffle tickets are $5 and winners need not be present. Tickets and Fox Valley Harvest's album are available online at and at the event.

About Fox Valley Harvest
FVH is a Columbus, Ohio, based Americana band that offers a unique blend of roots and alt country creating an unprecedented sound of modern Americana music. The band features five multi-instrumentalists, a fiddle, and 3 piece horn section. The members of FVH have played across the country in events featuring the Mumford and Sons (Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour); the Avett Brothers, Farm Aid (with Willie Nelson Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews); Bob Dylan; the Who; Robert Plant; and countless others.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital
Ranked 9th of only 12 children's hospitals on U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 "America's Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll," Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children's has a medical staff of 1,100 and nearly 10,000 employees providing state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children's physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children's remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family's ability to pay.

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About Nationwide Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant
Each year, more than 150 patients are diagnosed with cancer at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Annually, inpatient admissions and outpatient visits exceed 13,000 in total. We offer world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facilities that provide comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care for patients with cancer and acute and chronic blood disorders. A National Marrow Donor Program Center and member of the Children's Oncology Group, Hematology/Oncology & BMT at Nationwide Children's Hospital is the largest facility of its kind in Ohio and one of the largest in the United States.

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Fox Valley Harvest
2777 Northwest Blvd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Lindsey Kielmeyer

Scott Maruskin