Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lakewood Ranch seniors Josh Rogers and Brett Wagner celebrated with benefit concert at Joyland in Bradenton feat. Florida Georgia Line

Debbie Wagner gets a hug from Ann Marie Colwell as Gena Rogers watches at a Click it or Ticket event held at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office in May. Wagner and Rogers both lost their sons, Brett Wagner and Josh Rogers, in a terrible crash on Christmas Eve of 2011 while they were in the mangled truck seen behind them. TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald TTOMPKINS@BRADENTON.COM

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An association started by the parents of Josh “Bubba” Rogers and Brett “Bswag” Wagner, the two Lakewood Ranch seniors who lost their lives as a result of an accident on Christmas night last year, is holding a benefit concert to celebrate the boys' birthdays and seat belt awareness.

The 1st Annual B.U.B.B.A. Birthday Bash concert on Friday, Oct. 5 will feature the popular new country group Florida Georgia Line.  All of the ticket sales will go to Buckle Up for Bswag and Bubba Association, also known as B.U.B.B.A., according to a press release sent on behalf of the families.

B.U.B.B.A. was started by the mothers of the two boys, Gena Rogers and Debbie Wagner.  The goal of the association is to create awareness for seatbelt safety for teens and young adults, through their website, Facebook page and through speaking at, attending and sponsoring area events.

Florida Georgia Line's ebullient, summer-love new single "Cruise" is at No. 27 on the Billboard's Top Country Songs chart. Earlier this year the band signed with the Big Machine Label group that's home to Nashville stars like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and are available at Honda Cars of Bradenton, Joyland, Crowder’s Ace Hardware and Gifts, Joyland Feed Company and online at

Moms of Brett Wagner and Josh Rogers start safety campaign with MSO

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