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Beaufort business wants to start a fundraising tradition for 9/11

The owner of a downtown Beaufort business hopes the eighth anniversary of one of the nation's largest tragedy can help raise money for the state's firefighters and first responders.

Luther's Rare and Well Done will host its inaugural Luther's Patriot's Day Benefit Concert for Emergency Services at 6 p.m. Friday.

With two bands, a silent auction and a raffle on tap, Mike Stavac, the restaurant's owner, said the proceeds of the $20-a-head event will go to the Charleston Firefighters' Fund, a fund created after the 2007 Charleston furniture store fire that killed nine firefighters.

Items to be auctioned off include rounds of golf at a number of area courses and gift certificates from various Bay Street restaurants, Stavac said.

A New Jersey native with ties to firefighters killed in the World Trade Center collapse on Sept. 11, 2001, Stavac said he hopes the event can become an annual tradition.

"I've got a soft spot for those guys," Stavac said. "So we thought we could do something that would help business and help those guys out."

The event is expected to go until about 1 a.m. Saturday, Stavac said.

Other Sept. 11 remembrance events Friday in northern Beaufort County include:

• Unity Remembrance Day ceremony at Mossy Oaks Elementary School; 8:30 a.m.



• Memorial Mass at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Lady's Island; 9 a.m.



• Military Officers Association of America, Lowcountry Chapter Memorial Service at Beaufort National Cemetery; 10 a.m.



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