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John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting Tonight

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While every county in Idaho has been hit hard by this recession, Canyon County pulled the short straw in terms of joblessness, with more than 12 percent of its inhabitants currently unemployed. A lack of work often means a loss of health and dental insurance, leaving many in Canyon County unsure of what to do. The Canyon County Community Clinic hopes to provide help for the jobless and uninsured when they open in 2010. The clinic is a new nonprofit, faith-based medical clinic created to provide free medical and dental services to Canyon County residents. As a way to assist this fledgling clinic, radio station KRVB 94.9 The River will dedicate the proceeds of its 2009 Concert For Cause to the clinic.

This one-night event will be headlined by musician John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, who is making his first appearance in Boise. Five for Fighting has released a number of hit singles, including the popular "100 Years," "Superman (It's Not Easy)" and the recent hit, "Chances." Ondrasik has a history of philanthropy, performing for servicemen as part of a USO/Armed Forces entertainment tour, so it's only fitting that his appearance in Boise will benefit a worthy cause. The event will be at Knitting Factory and features both a live and silent auction. The Canyon County Community Clinic hopes to be up and running by Jan. 1, 2010, and The River's Concert For Cause is a good way to get the ball rolling. Plus, any fundraiser with such high levels of alliteration (Five For Fighting, Canyon County Community Clinic) is bound to bring in the bucks.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m., $25-$65, The Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-249-9904, riverinteractive.com.

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