Johnson benefit at Roseville Lutheran

A benefit concert, along with silent and live auctions for Jeff Johnson, will be held at Roseville Lutheran Church at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. Johnson has been working through major health concerns over the last few years. This benefit and a Go Fund Me page has a goal to raise $90,000 to pay off medical expenses.

Johnson, a long-time Roseville resident and community activist, has been an integral part of the Roseville community for over 25 years. He served on the Roseville City Council, has been very active at Roseville Lutheran Church where he served as church council president, children’s choir director, praise and worship music leader, and soloist with the RLC jazz band. He was scout master of Cub Scout Pack 297, coached youth football and basketball, was board chair of Northeast Youth and Family Services, served on the Roseville Parks and Recreation Commission and the North Suburban Youth Foundation. He always went out of his way to be involved.

In October of 2018, Johnson was hospitalized for five weeks with sepsis, which led to kidney and liver failure. He has been re-hospitalized four times since then, as doctors struggle to determine the main underlying cause of his ailments. He spent time at transitional homes following each hospitalization where he had to re-learn how to walk and do daily tasks on his own. Johnson continues to improve and is now a candidate for a kidney transplant at the University of Minnesota.

This benefit is a free event and the public is welcome. A list of live auction items can be found on Facebook.com. Go to the events page and search “Jeff Johnson Benefit.” Music will be provided by the Johnson family, RLC Jazz Band, Kathy Clarys, Billy Bond, Jeff Bowar, Robin & John Helgen, Trish Clifford and Friends. All donations will go to cover medical expenses and family needs. Roseville Lutheran is located at 1215 Roselawn Ave. W. between Lexington and Hamline avenues in Roseville. Directions to the church can be found at www.rosevillelutheran.org.

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