Low ticket sales put Lt. Dan Band benefit concert at risk for cancellation

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The headline event for this year's Annual Lt. Dan Band weekend at The Citadel is in danger of being canceled as ticket sales are off to a slow start, according to an official with the event.

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band are set to play at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Football Stadium on September 14 at 8 p.m. as part of the 4th Annual Lt. Dan Weekend (LDW4). The event raises money for the Independence Fund, which supports soldiers who were severely wounded while at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their caregivers.

A marketing coordinator with the Independence Fund says ticket sales have been "very slow" for the Saturday night concert and it may end up being cancelled.

General admission tickets for the show are $20, with VIP tickets going for $50.

Originally held in Beaufort at Waterfront Park, the concert was moved to Johnson Hagood Stadium this year. Officials say the bigger venue was chosen because of the growing number of folks that have come out to show their support for the cause.

Named after Forest Gump character Lieutenant Dan Taylor (played by Gary Sinise in the film), the band frequently plays at military bases around the world and for charities and non-profits.

The goal of LDW4 is to bring 150 severely injured veterans and caregivers to the Lowcountry for a four day event, which ends with a concert by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.

For more information on the event, click here.

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