Band Organizes Rally for Silver Oaks Seniors
'Respect Your Elders' rally set for Friday, Sept. 2, in downtown Kent
Vivian and Midge Ramone, otherwise known as the band ShiSho, are organizing other music acts for a rally to support the seniors in downtown Kent on Friday, Sept. 2, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Ramone said in an email that they want to raise money so the civil rights attorney Avery Friedman, who's taken up the seniors' case, can expand his work on their behalf.
"We want to raise money so he can hire staffers to quicken his work and to help these folks who should be relaxing after a life of hard work and, for many, military service to our country," Ramone said.
The Silver Oaks seniors most recent effort came Wednesday, when they gathered at Kent City Council to ask for support. Council members passed several symbolic resolutions supporting the residents.
The owners of the 13-acre retirement complex on Horning Road, the Tell Real Estate Trust, plan to sell the property to Alabama-based Capstone Development Corp. Capstone's plan is to create apartments for students at Kent State University. To do so, they're pushing the senior residents out of the complex.
Bands interesting in performing at the Sept. 2 rally can contact Ramone through the "Respect Your Elders" rally Facebook page.