Dec. 4 concert at Rockford College to aid Salvation Army

From press release

Just in time for the holidays, a concert and food drive to benefit the Salvation Army will be held from 7 to 11 p.m., Dec. 4, at Rockford College’s Burpee Center.

The concert features three popular local bands and musicians including The Thought Feeling I Am, Vince Chiarelli and the Viking Portables, a group composed primarily of Rockford College professors.

Jonathon Whitmore, one of the event’s sponsors, says the concert is a way to help the community, particularly the Salvation Army, which does much for hungry and homeless individuals in the community.

“We feel if we can help the needy in this community around the holidays, especially with the economy the way it is, it will brighten their spirits and help them with the basic necessities we all take for granted,” Whitmore said.

Whitmore, an Auburn High School and Rockford College graduate, adds that it is gratifying to see so many local musicians and singer/songwriters willing to help out with such an important cause.

“Everyone in The Thought Feeling I Am grew up here in Rockford, several through the Rockford public schools, so it’s a very good way to give back to a community that helped us,” says Whitmore.

Barrels will be available for donations of canned goods at the concert. The event also features door prizes, free snacks and beverages for sale. The music appeals to all ages, and the entire family is invited.

Admission is $5 per person; children younger than 13 are free with a parent. For more information, visit The Thought Feeling I Am at or e-mail Whitmore at

From the December 2-8, 2009 issue

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