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‘Raise a Glass’ fund-raiser for Pete Frates in Beverly

Pete Frates with wife Julie and daugher Lucy during the naming of the Pete Frates Diamond at St. John's Prep in Danvers. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff/Globe Staff

Local rock band Chin Friction will play at “Raise the Glass,” a concert to benefit Pete Frates, Thursday, Feb. 8 at The Cabot in Beverly.

Frates, a Beverly native, former St. John’s Prep star, and former captain of the Boston College baseball team, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2012 at the age of 27. He is credited as a cofounder of the Ice Bucket Challenge, a fund-raiser that went viral during the summer of 2014 and raised $115 million for ALS research. He also published a book titled “The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS,” in 2017.


All of the proceeds of the concert at The Cabot will go toward supporting Frates’s expenses.

Chin Friction was formed in 1985 and has been playing at local clubs for more than 30 years. Band member Jim Parisella wrote the song, “Raise the Glass,” for the Frates event. With the lyrics, “Some have been stricken down, with an illness so profound — everything but the mind is paralyzed,” the song addresses ALS.

“We have had several fund-raisers, but with the introduction of the ‘Raise the Glass’ song, this one is far beyond Pete – this is for the entire ALS community,” John Frates, Peter’s father, said in a statement.

General admission tickets, at $20 each, are available and can be purchased at thecabot.org. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m. The theater is located at 286 Cabot St., and the event is sponsored by Sterling Insurance Agency.

Julia Preszler can be reached at julia.preszler@globe.com.