The Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will host its annual event, Concert for a Cure on Saturday, Aug. 27. This all-day, family-friendly music event, featuring some of the best bands locally will be held at Tanna Farms in Geneva, with doors opening and music beginning at 3 p.m.
With the concert in its fifth year, the event promises to be the best yet. Concert for a Cure is one of the largest music festivals in the Fox Valley, featuring some of the best talent from around the area. Richard Milne, of WXRT and Rank Entertainment are producing the concert, and Lisa Dent, of America’s Country Music Station, US*99 will act as emcee for the event. This year, the event has been expanded to include two stages. Bands to perform are:
- Dave Ramont & Friends
- Forgotten Silence
- Fresh Nuts
- Greg Boerner
- Jeremy Keen
- Kid, You'll Move Mountains
- Noah Gabriel
- The Kevin Trudo + Meathawk
- Empty Can Band
Not only will the best musicians in the area be featured, but the silent auction has great items yet again this year. This year items include Disney Park Hopper Passes, a Fender acoustic guitar signed by country group Rascal Flatts, various sports memorabilia, an oval ruby pendant, a weekend at the Markham Vineyard guest house, and many other getaway trips.
The foundation is still looking for additional items for the auction, and also looking for additional volunteers the day of the concert to assist in the auction area. For more information contact Ginger Irps at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has raised over $300,000 in the past four years and hopes to raise another $100,000 this year. The money raised by the foundation goes directly to research efforts at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. Projects receiving funding from the Paul Ruby Foundation have subsequently been recognized by National Institute of Health, and received funding from NIH, making the impact of the foundation even more meaningful.
This year’s sponsors include Cantor Fitzgerald, Pillar Rock, The Shodeen Family Foundation, Robert M. Foote, Foote, Meyers, Mielke & Flowers & Kathleen Chavez, Chavez Law Firm, Habitat Corporate Suites, State Street Jewelers, Sjodin Custom Homes, Tom & Nancy Cantwell, Kiss The Sky and the Cerwick Family Foundation.
With tickets limited to the first 1,500 people, tickets will be in high demand and are recommended to be purchased in advance. Tickets are available online at www.paulrubyfoundation.org, or if you would like to purchase in person, they are available at Kiss The Sky (301 W. State Street) or at Fagan’s (524 W. State Street), both located in Geneva. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for those under 21.
This year’s concert may bring several former Chicago Bears players, who participated in a filming at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to help raise awareness about Parkinson’s and the need for research.
“I am looking forward to all of the great energy the crowd provides, as well as seeing old friends from all over, coming together to support Parkinson’s research. With the addition of a second stage, and the diverse talent added this year, it is sure to be another great year at Concert for a Cure”, says Paul Ruby, founder of the Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson’s research.