The On Call Band Project Chair Gala is this Friday, September 9 at the Cajundome Convention Center. The festivities begin at 730 p.m. with the presentation of a track chair to a disabled veteran and continues until 1130 p.m. with an appreciation party for all of those who have donated to previous On Call Band performances over the last two years. Secretary of Veteran's Affairs Joey Strickland will be the evening's guest speaker, with Senator Fred Mills serving as master of ceremonies.

There will be no cover charge, but donations will be accepted at the door to help purchase a second track chair, which costs around $16,000.

Sponsorship tables (10 seats/table) remain available at $2000 for front row and $1000 for second row. Sponsorships are tax-deductible. Table donations are used to cover the costs of facility rental, sound technicians, security, and other related costs. Those interested may contact Gary Guidry at 234-3204 for more information.

The On Call Band consists of 8 doctors and an RN:
Leah Stokes, RN
Molly Thomas, MD (Oncology)
Vernon Valentino, MD (Cardiology)
Ronnie Daigle, MD (Dermatology)
Gary Guidry, MD (Pulmonology)
Steve Salopek, MD (Internal Medicine)
Bradley Chastant, MD (Internal Medicine)
Rick Dearman, MD (Cardiovascular Surgery)
Ziad Ashkar, MD (Nephrology)

On Call's repertoire includes cover music, dance, bar music, and just about anything from Sam Cooke to Journey to Garth Brooks & Johnny Cash to Temptations to ZZ Top. The On Call Band is just out to have fun, help the community, and none of them are quitting their day jobs!