The Grey brothers are planning a Christmas in June celebration for Friday's annual benefit party.
The party will begin at 5 p.m., at the Morton Club on Pratt Avenue in Jamestown. The event will feature two local bands: Total Chaos and Moneyshot. Total Chaos will play from 6-10 p.m. outside on the patio and Moneyshot will play from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. inside on the main stage. In addition to the live musicians DJ FISH will provide music between sets, Classic Occasions Catering will provide food and cornhole will be available outside.
"There will be food, drink, entertainment and celebrities - there's something for everyone 21 and over," said Randy Grey.
Pictured above is a then and now photo of Scott Schwartz, who played the memorable role of Flick in “A Christmas Story.” Schwartz will be signing autographs Friday during the Grey Brothers annual benefit party.
This year's party is Christmas themed, and to tie in with the theme this years guest is Flick from "A Christmas Story." People may know Flick, whose real name is Scott Schwartz, as the boy who was triple dog dared to stick his tongue to the pole, said Grey.
"I noticed that Scott Schwartz would comment on Brutus the Barber Beefcake and his girlfriend's Facebook page, and I asked if she thought he'd do the party so she gave me his number," said Grey. "Who hasn't seen 'A Christmas Story'? I think Flick's scene is one of the more memorable ones in the movie, and I always wanted to know about how they did it. Not everybody is a wrestling or reality fan, but come Christmas time, 'A Christmas Story' is on 24 hours a day."
Flick will be signing autographs for a small donation from 7-9 p.m. Fans can take pictures all night, but the signings will only take place during those two hours. Coming to the Jamestown area will be exciting for Schwartz because he has never been here before, he said.
"I never had the time to just hang out. I don't know much (about Jamestown), and I figure I'll learn a whole bunch when I'm up there," said Flick. "I look forward to seeing the people, I hope to raise a little bit of money for the charity and to enjoy a fun evening."
This year's benefactor of the annual Grey Brothers' Party is Unspoken, a Jamestown based nonprofit movement founded by Erin Berlin and Jenny Ingrao in October. The program focuses on serving as a support group for those with a loved one suffering from a mental illness. The group essentially breaks down into four parts: to serve as a support group, to be a filter for all the available resources, advocacy and working together to erase stigma. The group's tagline is: "Everyone has a story - embrace it." Thus far, the group has worked with Family Service of the Chautauqua Region, Hospice and The Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County.
"Mental illness is a faux pas that no one really talks about - it's unspoken," said Ingrao. "But it's OK to talk about it. Everyone has a personal issue, or might know someone who is suffering from mental illness and we want to create a dialogue where people can open up and talk freely about what they are going through without being judged.
"Erin and I are honored to be a part of the Grey Brothers' Party," said Ingrao. "Randy does a great job hosting events, and we get a lot of exposure so it's a privilege."
For more information on Unspoken, call 665-0616 or search for "Unspoken Movement" on Facebook.
Tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the door. Admission includes access to a beer truck. The event is 21 and over, and attendees must provide proper ID.
"I triple dog dare you to come," said Grey.
The Morton Club is located at 112 Pratt Ave. in Jamestown. For more information search for "Grey Brothers Party 2013" on Facebook.