Summer Slam returns

Published 8:39 pm Friday, June 10, 2011

Hemotheory plays for the crowd at last year’s Suffolk Summer Slam. The event drew about 800 people to Bennett’s Creek Park to praise God, celebrate the end of summer and collect school supplies for the Salvation Army.

The Suffolk Summer Slam is set to return to Bennett’s Creek Park on Aug. 27 this year.

The end-of-summer event for local young people, sponsored by Impact Suffolk, will include several bands, tournaments, free hot dogs and the opportunity to win an iPod.

“The ultimate goal is to impact Suffolk and especially the kids with the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Jeff Keeney, who is heading up the event this year.


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Last year’s inaugural event drew about 700 to 800 people to the park throughout the day, Keeney said. The organization is looking to double that this year.

“We’re expecting a significantly larger crowd, and we’re really excited about it,” Keeney said.

Regent University and Christian radio station K-LOVE once again are supporting the event. And also returning from last year will be a school supply drive for the Salvation Army.

A mostly-new lineup of bands is performing this year, including Awaiting the Sun, Name Above and The Difference. The band RAIDERZ of the Lost is returning from last year, as is drama team VA Fire Team.

Attendees at the event will be able to participate in volleyball and cornhole tournaments, talk to college and university representatives, dunk an adult in the dunk tank and more.

“This event specifically is targeting the youth,” Keeney said.

The organization currently is seeking sponsors, volunteers and partners that can help with the event.

A fundraiser breakfast for Suffolk Summer Slam will be held today from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Applebee’s on North Main Street. Tickets are $5 and include pancakes, sausage and a beverage and can be purchased at the door.

For more information on Suffolk Summer Slam and Impact Suffolk, visit