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Rock To The Rescue Concert Raises Over $400,000


Support continues to roll in for those impacted by the central Illinois tornados, this time in the form of a benefit concert. The sold-out Rock To The Rescue Extends a Hand To Those In Need show at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL raised $400,783 for tornado victims.

The December 4 show, which featured Styx, REO Speedwagon, Richard Marx, Ted Nugent, Larry the Cable Guy, Survivor, Head East and Brushville that funds raised from ticket sales, auctions and donations will go to the Midwest Food Bank, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Tazwood Community Services, Toys for Tots and the Washington Rotary Club.

"On the morning of our recent ‘Rock To The Rescue' benefit concert we visited the Washington, Illinois site where the killer tornadoes did the lion's share of their damage. It was a chilling experience. The depth of destruction was hard to describe," said REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin, in a release. "We didn't need to be reminded that the effects of this storm and the need for help would go on for years to come. We promised ourselves, and the many new friends we made that day, that our work in the area would be ongoing. We plan on continuing our fundraising efforts as we return for four concerts in Illinois and Indiana in early 2014. It feels good to use the power of rock 'n' roll to lend support to people without whose support we would surely not be rocking to this day."

Rock To The Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of Styx's Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon's Cronin.

"Rock to the Rescue has continued to serve smaller grassroots non-profits around the country wherever we perform and help larger causes whenever we see the need.  Because of the support of so many friends in the music community, we were able to respond literally within hours of the reports of the November 17 tornadoes in Illinois, the place where Styx and REO originated," said Shaw, in a release. "We felt compelled to give back to the people who have given us so much for so long, so we started calling other friends. Everyone who was available immediately said yes!  We enjoyed a fantastic concert and raised over $400,000 to help in the effort to move forward, but what was most moving was seeing and feeling the power of music bring us together and lift our spirits once again as the ongoing soundtrack to our lives."



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