This is a guest post by author John Cherry. His new book Better Then Lennon has caused a great deal of disturbance in ‘the force’. You can read my review here, and if you are a Beatles fan you can listen in to our fascinating recent round table on discussing the age old question of who was the better musician, John Lennon or Paul McCartney – Simon

On a warm and sunny Florida afternoon, Beatle music filled the air at Lake Osprey Plaza in Lakewood Ranch, FL. The event was held to benefit the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Opening the event was a DVD that highlighted three families in Florida that have dealt with Alzheimer’s and received assistance from the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Memory Mobile was present for the event, providing event attendees the opportunity to have memory screenings and obtain information from the staff members that were on hand. Operationally, Jack (David) Kubes of The Cabaret was the grand organizer for the event, aided greatly by Andy McGavic.

After the event opening, there was the chance to play Beatles “Rock Band” via a 4 x 8 foot digital screen provided by Digital Drive Buy of Sarasota. The remainder of the afternoon allowed guests to make silent bids on nearly 100 Beatle related items. There was a wealth of variety in the auction, from rare CD’s, albums, pictures, promotional displays, music domes, and even lunch boxes.

Local merchants also provided auction items related to their business. 20 Minutes to Fitness, Yellow Strawberry, John Hancock Life, and The Cabaret, all sponsors of the event, and Dr. Nicholas LaHood of Lake Osprey Plaza, were donors to the event. Other auction donors included restaurants Pops Sunset Grill and Pelican Alley of Nokomis, Lucky Pelican of Lakewood Ranch, and Cortez Kitchen in Bradenton. Body Hot Yoga of Sarasota provided a quite popular gift certificate. Before the auction closed at 6 PM, Beatle tribute band “Glass Onion” started their three hour performance in the comfortable confines of The Cabaret nightclub. “Onion” provided a sterling performance, as they continued to expand their significant repertoire from Beatle songs to Beatle solo songs like “Jet” and “Band on the Run.”

Nearly one-third of the available auction items were purchased, providing the Alzheimer’s Association a gift just short of $1,000 after minimal expenses. Following the event, an agreement was made to continue an ongoing auction at the website Author of “Better Than Lennon-The Music and Talent of Paul McCartney,” John Cherry, will reside over a bi-weekly auction of ten Beatle and related items that come from his personal collection. Half of the auction proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. For additional information, visit

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