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Join us for the

Annual Twelve Plus party


benefit for the

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

"Hark for Harold"

Monday, May 7, 2018

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

We are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Twelve Plus partner Brenda Piekarski's participation in The Man/Woman of the Year campaign for LLS in honor of her father, Harold Piekarski.

All proceeds will go directly to LLS to assist them in finding cures for blood cancers and develop targeted therapies to help patients in need. 

Donate now and learn more about Brenda and Harold's story.

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No RSVP necessary. Admission is free. Suggested donation of $50.


6:00 pm

Doors open at Urban Growler Brewing Company

6:30 pm



Live piano music by John Sims

Virtual Reality Demos by Chuck Olsen

Film: Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops Story
by John Whitehead (40 minute excerpt)

7:45 pm



Featured Speaker

Diego Luke

8:15 pm



Live bluegrass music by Blue Yodel #9

Virtual Reality Demos by Chuck Olsen

Film: Wild Bill's Run by Mike Scholtz (60 minutes)


We are proud to support local filmmakers, including our very own Twelve Plus partner John Whitehead!

Don't Get Trouble In Your Mind:

The Carolina Chocolate Drops Story

by John Whitehead

Showing at 6:30 p.m.

A documentary portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, fiddler Joe Thompson (1919—2012).


The film captures how three African-Americans from the hip-hop generation embraced a 19th-century genre and took it to new heights, winning a Grammy in 2010.


The story of the band’s meteoric rise, from busking on the street to playing major festivals, is punctuated and informed by the history of the banjo’s origins in Africa, and the untold story of how blacks and whites collaborated to create the earliest forms of American popular music.

Wild Bill's Run

by Mike Scholtz

Showing at 8:15 p.m.

This is the strange but true story of Wild Bill Cooper. Part Arctic adventure and part crime caper, Wild Bill's Run is an unforgettable ride with a true American folk hero.


In the winter of 1972, Wild Bill Cooper led a ragtag crew of mechanics, ranchers and photographers on a grueling expedition across the polar ice. During some of the darkest days of the Cold War, their goal was to snowmobile 5,000 miles from Minnesota to Moscow. They didn’t quite make it.


After the expedition returned home, Cooper embarked on a startling new adventure. Accused of leading a massive drug smuggling operation known as “the Marijuana Air Force,” he was named one of America’s Ten Most Wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service. But the wily outdoorsman was never caught. He refused to surrender to the law, just as he’d refused to surrender to the Arctic. Even today, his whereabouts remain a mystery.



We are honored to have Diego Luke as our featured guest speaker. Diego is a Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor and the son of Dan Luke, a former partner of Twelve Plus.

Who is


We are honored to host a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Harold Piekarski, father of Twelve Plus partner Brenda Piekarski.

Harold passed away from leukemia in 2008, and we are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others that are being impacted by blood cancers.


Twelve Plus partners include Brenda Piekarski, Cliff Dahlberg, Michael Sutz, Dawn Mikkelson, Emily Goldberg, Matt Ehling, John Whitehead, John Sims, Katherine Loudenslager, Brennan Vance, Adrian Danciu, Karen Manion and Lu Lippold.

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