FARMINGTON — The Music for Masada fundraiser, now in its fourth year, will offer an evening of home-grown music on Saturday.

Proceeds will go to Masada House, a transitional living program for individuals recovering from substance abuse.

Jeff Boddy, a Masada House board member, is also a musician and will play with his band at the benefit. Boddy said the event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the nonprofit. Last year, it raised more than $12,000, Boddy said.

He said Music for Masada offers an enjoyable night out and gives people a chance to help those in the community.

"If you like good music, it should be a fun show," he said.

About 40 local businesses sponsored the fundraiser, and there will also be a silent auction.

"We had a lot of very nice items donated this year from some local artists, and some of the girls in the house made some of the items," said Masada House Program Director Karen Chenault.

The evening will feature John Oliphant, executive director of the San Juan Medical Foundation, as the master of ceremonies. The musical line-up will include the groups Extended Warranty, Sheldon & Friends and After Midnight, as well as individual performers Darryn Kamae, Ryan Woodard, Amber Swenk, Cecelia Taulbee and Monica Leaming.

Masada House has recently been in the spotlight as administrators hope to duplicate their women's program, located on North Dustin Avenue, at a house on Schofield Lane that would focus on men recovering from substance abuse.

Many residents, nearby businesses and churches are concerned about the proximity of the men's home to venues frequented by seniors and children, such as the Farmington Public Library.

Those concerned circulated a petition, which they presented to the city's Planning and Zoning Commission. A decision about approving a requested zone change that would allow the facility to accept 12 men instead of eight was scheduled to go before the Farmington City Council on Nov. 12. But because more than 20 percent of residents are opposed to the zone change, there must be a unanimous council decision. For that reason, the vote has been postponed until December, when all council members can be present.

"It's an important vote, and we will have a lot of support there, such as local providers who will talk about the need for this kind of program," Chenault said. "It's such an emotional issue, and we just want the best for the community."

Like Chenault, Boddy said his passion for supporting Masada House is born from the need for its programs.

"I don't think people realize the need for programs like this that help people transition back into society, and they don't realize how long the waiting list is (to get into) the women's house," he said. "I think it will be the same for the men's house and think it will be filled immediately. The structure and support Masada House can provide sure improves their chances."


What: Music for Masada concert and silent auction fundraiser

When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Concert starts at 7 p.m.

Where: Totah Theater, 315 W. Main St., Farmington

Tickets: $10

More info: 505-320-7947

Leigh Black Irvin covers health for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4610 and Follow her @irvindailytimes on Twitter.