By Jenna Youngs
Day of Fire fan Stephen Cook, 29, found an interesting approach to helping his favorite band raise money to record their next album. Cook, who credits Day of Fire frontman Josh Brown for changing his life and helping him find God, is taking $1 donations in exchange for a bead to be added to his beard. Cook's fiance Christina Seegert, 26, said they raised $5 in a few minutes, so they hope to have a line of beads to the ground by the time Day of Fire plays at 9:20 p.m. Saturday on the Deep End stage.
Cook and Seegert are taking contact information from each person who donates, and each bead has a number written on it to correspond to the person who donated. Eventually, Cook will remove the beads from his beard and one bead will be randomly selected. Whoever paid for chosen bead will receive a personalized drawing by Brown and signed by the band. All the money raised will go to Day of Fire's "fan the fire" campaign to raise money for the album.
"I heard (Brown's) testimonial, and it changed my life," Cook said. "This is a way to help him out."