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SPANISH FORT (Nov. 3, 2011) – BLUEGILL Restaurant (3775 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort, 36527) will host the inaugural BLUEGILL Bash on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. to benefit patients at Children’s of Alabama.
The night’s festivities include an exclusive concert featuring rising country star Ashton Shepherd and alternative rock band Shifting Tracks. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children and may be purchased at A cash bar will also be available and the event will be held outside on the restaurant’s climate-controlled deck. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are available by contacting Children’s Gulf Coast Office at 251-610-4969.

Shepherd, a native of Leroy, had two Top 40 hits off her debut album – Sounds So Good and Takin’ Off This Pain - and earlier this year produced a Top 20 hit, Look It Up.
The  BLUEGILL Bash is being held in honor of Gulf Coast area patients being treated at Children’s with illnesses ranging from cancer and cystic fibrosis to severe burns. Last year more than 1,500 children from Mobile and Baldwin counties were treated at Children’s of Alabama, the state’s only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this event and I fully expect the back deck at BLUEGILL to be hopping on the 19th,” said Kerrie Benson of Children’s. “I can’t think of a better way for those living near the bay to support Children’s than to be a part of this event. We are very appreciative of BLUEGILL and excited to partner with Ashton and Shifting Tracks.”

Children’s is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—are ranked in the Top 50 Children’s Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. For more information, visit