Charity event to 'Rock Rockford'

A Rockford salon will host Payton’s Music Fest 2005 for a Loves Park family and PWSA

High Maintenance Salon & Day Spa will be hosting Payton’s Music Fest 2005 on Oct. 21 and 22 in the River District’s Old Victorian Village to benefit Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA) (PWSA (USA) and the family of 7-year-old Payton Smallwood, who has Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). This two-day, family-friendly, alcohol-free event will feature live music, starting with Friday night, Catherine Shell and the Emergencies, Engedi, Casey (Heartland p.m.) Bikes not Bombs, Fire by Night, Prime Time Live, then Saturday kicks off with Turning Point, Kaehou’s Hawaiian dancers, Still Small Voice, Pierced, AFTA martial arts demonstration by 8th degree black belt Joel Bowling, Boulas Trio, Iron Cross, and Jaws of Life. This benefit also includes an expo area, great food, and a raffle with prizes, including a one-year membership from Peak Fitness, an ipod NANO, a Romance Package from the Courtyard, and a $300 salon and spa day from High Maintenance. Darren Marlar, from 101QFL’s morning show, Marlar in the Morning will guest host on Saturday, the 22nd.

High Maintenance Salon & Day Spa owner, Clare Schwartz, was inspired to help the Smallwood family from Loves Park, Ill. and all others affected by PWS after she met Chris Smallwood, Payton’s mom, and learned of the struggles facing families dealing with this rare and little-known genetic disorder; although PWS is the most common-known genetic cause of life-threatening obesity. Schwartz’s salon crew rallied the Rockford business community behind this cause and event.

PWS causes people with the disorder to become extraordinarily obese and die of obesity-related complications if they are not managed 24 hours a day, every day, for their entire lives. Because people with PWS always feel ravenously hungry due to a dysfunction in the hypothalamus, they cannot live independently. Those who have PWS may experience more than an involuntary, uncontrollable hunger, including: weak muscle tone; cognitive impairment; slow metabolic rate; high pain threshold and erratic body-temperature regulation (where an illness might go undetected until it is life-threatening); respiratory problems; motor skill and speech delays; behavior issues; and much more.

The cost of this event is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at High Maintenance Salon & Day Spa, Christian Life Elementary, and at the gate. Each person will then receive a Prader-Willi Syndrome bracelet that will allow them to enjoy both days’ activities. All proceeds of the event will be benefit PWSA (USA) and the Smallwood family for Payton’s medical care. To date, the Smallwoods have medical expenses totaling more than $200,000.

For additional information about Payton’s Music Fest 2005, please contact Terresa Bryan or Clare Schwartz, event coordinators, at 815.963.1948. For more information about Prader-Willi Syndrome, please contact Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA) at 800.926.4797 toll free in the U.S., or 941.312.0400, or visit their Web site at

From the Oct. 19-25, 2005, issue.

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