Published on Friday, 03 September 2010 10:10
We are still a couple months away from being bombarded with holiday ads and companies trying to force us into holiday moods, but it apparently is not too early to start planning holiday parties! WLS-AM's "Roe Conn Show with Richard Roeper" has already planned theirs...
Friday, December 10th will be the "Roe & Roeper Live Holiday Extravaganza." This holiday party will be a live remote broadcast from The Venue inside Hammond's Horseshoe Casino. From 2:00pm-6:00pm, the entire show crew will be doing their show from The Venue, with many special guests, and of course, since it is a Friday, the famous (infamous?) Canarble Wagon will be there, too.
There will be no charge to be in the audience for this show. Tickets will needed for entry, though, and will be made available only through WLS-AM. (Details of how tickets can be won will be revealed at a later date.)
The "Roe & Roeper Live Holiday Extravaganza" will be a benefit for two charitable organizations: the USO of Illinois and the Tornado Benefit Relief Fund -- an entity set up to aid the Illinois communities terribly affected by the tornadoes of June 5th.
"We're thrilled to take the show on the road again now with Richard Roeper joining Jim, Christina, and me," said Roe Conn in a statement. "It's truly an honor to partner with the USO for this holiday show. The USO is an organization that I have been intimately involved with for the last five years."
Friday, December 10th's holiday party is a two-part one. A short while after the "Roe & Roeper Live Holiday Extravaganza" ends at 6:00pm, the "Voices of Rock Radio" concert begins.
Famed rock singer and Streator, IL resident Kevin Chalfant, wanted to do something to help his community after tornadoes ravaged the area this summer. On June 5th, tornado touchdowns in and around Streator, Peoria, Dwight, Elmwood, and Kankakee leaving behind devastation for home & business owners there. Chalfant then put together a benefit concert to help provide some financial aid to those who suffered deep losses by these storms.
Kevin Chalfant -- who has sang with 707, The Storm, Steel Breeze, Journey, Alan Parsons Project, and others -- will be joined by other famous lead singers, including Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent Band), Wally Palmar (The Romantics) and John Cafferty (JC & the Beaver Brown Band/"Eddie & the Cruisers") as part of the "Voices of Rock Radio" show. All of the performers are donating their time for this concert and plan on singing the many hit songs they are famous for.
The concert was originally scheduled to take place tomorrow night. However, the opportunity to join up with WLS for the holiday show and potentially raise even more money for the cause made it worth postponing the show from September 4th until December 10th. Tickets for tomorrow's show will be honored for December's show.
Kevin Chalfant said in a statement about the event: "Shortly after tornadoes hit Illinois communities this year, I decided to put on a "Voices of Rock Radio" benefit concert that would secure some much-needed funds to support rebuilding efforts and counseling needed to cope with losses. Due to our commitment to significantly increase funds for the cause, we were thrilled to have WLS 890AM come on board to help support our cause and therefore rescheduled the show for December 10."
While the "Roe & Roeper Live Holiday Extravaganza" may be free, the "Voices of Rock Radio" concert fundraiser has a small fee. The good news is that it is only $10 per ticket. That price is less than what some local bars charge as a cover to see far lesser talents, plus it goes to help a good cause. Tickets are available now at this link HERE
, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino box office, or by calling the box office at 219-473-6060. There will be a limited number of VIP Suites made available for the show. Call 630-373-3689 for VIP Suite inquiries.
A website, TornadoBenefit.com
, has been set up to help collect individual donations for the cause, and to also seek out some corporate sponsorship for the event. More information about the "Voices of Rock Radio" tour can be found on their website HERE