Neosho’s Walgreens and the Neosho R-5 School District have teamed up for Neosho’s Music Fest, slated for Saturday, June 8, at Bob Anderson Stadium on the high school’s campus.

The public is invited to attend this event, which will be held from noon until 9 p.m. Admission is free, but sales from food and other vendor items, as well as donations, will go to a cause.

“The event itself is for the American Heart Association and all proceeds are going to the heart association,” Neosho’s Walgreens store manager Kevin Foote said. “We were just tying to find a way to actually make this into a fun event. We thought having a multi-band concert, free for the public to come in and enjoy, that would be the best way to get that out there.”

Area dancers will kick off the event. The bands are as follows: Phony in Disguise at noon, Big Smitty at 1:15 p.m., Jake Clark Band at 2:45 p.m., Diversity at 4 p.m., Walrus at 5:15 p.m. and City Limits at 7 p.m.

Foote said there will be more than music, there will be concessions, carnival games, raffles and silent auction items. Raffle and carnival game winners will receive prizes from local businesses.

This is the first event that the local store has held. Foote explained why they opted for the proceeds to go to the American Heart Association.

“I have had some family that has been affected with some heart complications,” he said. “I would love to be able to see some effort being put toward coming up with different cures or medications or just anything that could help people that are suffering from heart disease. So anything that I can do to give back.”

According to the American Heart Association, “the total direct and indirect cost of CVD and stroke in the United States for 2009 is estimated to be $312.6 billion. And the problem isn’t going away, the total number of impatient cardiovascular operations and procedures increased 28 percent from 5.939 million in 2000 to 7.588 million in 2010.”

Foote is pleased for the support that Walgreens and the public have given him on this music fest.

“Walgreens is kind enough to allow me to piece this stuff together, using Walgreens, but this by far is not just a Walgreens event, this is a community event,” he said. “This town, I could go on for days telling you all of the different companies and different people that donated stuff to make this happen.”

For more information, please contact the store at 451-1535 or ‘like’ them on Facebook at “Neosho Music Fest.”