Kallenbach, Rushford benefit concert raises $2,500

Kallenbach, Rushford benefit concert raises $2,500

By Brandon Reid, Assistant Editor

A total of $2,500 was raised at the Feb. 9 benefit concert at South Beloit High School for the families of Angela Rushford, the 5-year-old Rockford girl who recently underwent a kidney transplant, and Korey Kallenbach-Dal Santo, a freshman at Guilford High School who was hit by a vehicle Sept. 28 and left for dead along Illinois 173. The money will be split between the families.

Organizers originally planned to raise as much as $30,000, $15,000 for both families.

The Rushfords’ medical bills have reached $600,000 while the Kallenbachs’ have reached $700,000.

Students at Guilford and South Beloit high schools had been asked to collect a minimum of $35 in pledges to gain free admission. Cost at the door was $25. About 300 people attended the event, Harper said.

“I think they just did it too fast,” said 38-year-old David Harper, who donated his kidney to Rushford. “Had they planned it out a little better, they could have done a little better.”

Harper also said more funds from the event continue to trickle in. ModelOne was the featured band, while the Rockford Lightning cheerleaders and the Guilford and South Beloit high school dance squads also performed. WZOK’s Dana West emceed the event.

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