Perry Pitney Memorial Music Festival July 19 on Rockford Rescue Mission Thrift Store grounds

Online Staff Report

In celebration of its 50th anniversary of reaching out to the homeless and hurting in the Rockford area, Rockford Rescue Mission is holding an outdoor music festival Saturday, July 19, on the grounds of its Thrift Store, 2710 20th St. (former Bob’s Hardware).

The Perry Pitney Memorial Music Festival will memorialize the longtime leader of the Mission, Perry Pitney, and the influence of his music on the Mission; the community and all those who Rockford Rescue Mission has served over the years.

This is an outdoor, tented event with live music from 4 until 8 p.m. Local favorite family band The Eldridge Family will kick off the afternoon. Following will be a country performance by Luke Pitney in honor of his father in what most are calling the most meaningful way his dad could be remembered … by following in his footsteps. Finally, the evening will culminate with the Dove-nominated southern gospel group Beyond the Ashes.

Concessions will be available. Those attending should bring their own lawn chairs.

Tickets are available for $20 at Rockford Rescue Mission, Restoration Café and the Thrift Store.

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 1964, Rockford Rescue Mission provides nutritious meals and safe shelter for thousands of hungry and homeless men, women and children every year, along with recovery programs and outreach services to rescue, recover and restore the lives of those who are struggling in the community. Learn more at

Posted July 18, 2014

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