Rock for a good cause

Rock for a good cause

By Caroline Rohner, Staff Writer

Rockford musicians have once again proven their commitment to helping out their hometown. Seven local bands are teaming up for the 3rd annual Rock for the Center, a benefit concert for the Barbara Olson Center of Hope. The fund-raiser will run from 3-10 p.m. at Davis Park on Saturday June 7th.

A diverse selection of bands was chosen to guarantee entertainment for all audiences. Clutch Cargo will kick off the event. They will be followed by the Beat Merchants, Harlan Jefferson, S.O.S, Gravity Ann, and Pistol Pete. Headlining pop-rockers Harmony Riley are scheduled to close the show. Each act will play a 45-minute set.

The Barbara Olson Center of Hope has been serving the Rockford area since 1948. The non-profit organization provides vocational training and social interaction for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.

Rock for the Center has proven to be a vital event for the organization. Administrative Assistant Stephanie Janczak explained: “This is our largest fund-raiser of the year. We’ve been working on it for eight months.”

The Center of Hope specifically focuses on Rockford-based bands to spotlight the city’s high level of talent. With the progress the organization has made, it must be working.

“The first year we started out with 100 people and made $1,000,” Janczak said. “Then the second year we had 600 people and made $8,000. Now the event hasn’t even started yet and we already have a $4,500 profit.”

Rock for the Center tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate. Information: 964-9275.

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