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      Benny Mardones back in Syracuse to give back to community

      Benny Mardones visited Weekend Today in CNY on Saturday, talking about his latest 'give back to the community' project. We've linked the interview

      Singer/songwriter Benny Mardones loves Syracuse, and is planning his latest gift to the community: a BBQ Concert, that will benefit the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.

      Mardones had just flown in from California when he joined us for Weekend Today in CNY on Saturday morning. He says it's ironic that he's doing a cancer fundraiser, when his grandson has just been diagnosed with a tumor (treatment is going well, so far) He says he has a soft spot for this area because he was broke when he moved here in 1985, and the community was so good to him.

      Mardones is expected to draw a big crowd at Sharkey's in Liverpool for his 1pm concert (free tickets at Romano Subaru, or donation at the door).

      There is also a new album in the works, to be recorded in Syracuse in September. His website, www.bennymardones.com, promises more details later today.