St. Francis Foundation hosting concert

St. Francis Foundation hosting concert

LITCHFIELD (Sept. 7, 2017) – OHHSHS St. Francis Foundation will host the Robinson Brothers Homecoming Concert Saturday, Sept. 23, under a large tent between St. Francis Hospital and Litchfield Family Practice Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m.

The theme of the event is “Everyone Has Ties to Cancer — Together We Can Make a Difference,” and the funds raised will help purchase 3D mammography equipment for the hospital.

The Robinson Brothers are from Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School. “Rex and I are thrilled to return to our hometown for a concert to benefit HSHS St. Francis Hospital,” said Robby Robinson. “This is a wonderful cause.”

Tickets must be purchased in advance and include $75, $100, and $200 options; no tickets will be sold at the door. The $75 ticket includes a self-serve hors d’oeuvres buffet without reserved seating; $100, self-serve hors d’oeuvres buffet with reserved seating; and $200, served hors d’oeuvres, table seating, and a concert t-shirt. No refunds will be available, and every person attending must have a ticket. Coolers, beverages and lawn chairs are not allowed.

“The purpose of this event is to raise fund for the 3D mammography equipment,” said Paula Endress, director of philanthropy at the hospital. “Those who attend will have the opportunity to participate in a donation challenge which will take place during intermission. They can donate additional funds to our cause by raising their paddles to contribute at various levels.”

“The theme of the concert — Everyone Has Ties to Cancer — Together We Can Make a Difference — has a special meaning,” said Jane Martin, Foundation board chairperson and member of the concert committee. “We all know someone, or some family who has been touched by this disease. We hope everyone will come together to have some fun while raising money for a wonderful cause! I would like to thank all members of the concert committee who have donated their time to plan and organize this upcoming event. They include Jennifer Henrichs, Jessica Vickery, Kate Poirot, Kim Bishop, Melissa Leonard, Lisa Heyen, Meghan Hyam, Miranda Bergman, Misti Reed, Sharon Cordani, Tonya Flannery, Joanne VanLeer, Paula Endress, Becky Bishop, Brian Guinn and Tina Guinn. We also thank Robbie and Rex for putting together a great line-up of musical talent. Everyone is looking forward to having fun at this homecoming concert while raising funds for the hospital’s 3D mammography equipment.”

Robby Robinson said he and his brother have first started working together with the band Patch. “This concert will see a Patch reunion with the talented vocalist Kim (Lively) Stamps, as well as Litchfield native Chuck Wilson, who played percussion and drums and sang for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons for decades,” said Robinson. “Chuck and I also performed together locally as The Far Cryse, together with Frank Mattioda (now deceased), Paul Motika, Bob Hendrickson and Joe Calandrino. Before we started making music together as the Robinson Brothers, younger brother, Rex, had his own popular band, Seadog, comprised of Rex, Rick Rayburn, Jackie Odam, John Ubben, Pete Laucis and Johnny Coatney (now deceased). People from this area will remember them as the house band at the iconic Benld Coliseum Ballroom.”

“Join us for reunions of those three bands, along with the music of the Robinson Brothers All-Star Band,” said Robinson. “Closing the concert will be the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons featuring Christopher Kale Jones. Christopher played the role of Frankie Valli in the national touring company of the hit musical Jersey Boys.”

Other band members for the concert will include Warren Ham on vocals, sax, flute and harmonica; Craig Pilo on drums; Larry Esparza on guitar and vocals; Garrett Schmidt on trumpet and flugelhorn; Brett Stamps on trombone; Chris Gregg on saxophone; and Anita Allen on vocals. Ham is currently on tour with Toto and is a regular member of Ringo’s All-Starr Band. Pilo currently plays for Frankie Valli and has toured with Edgar Winter, Jefferson Starship, Maynard Ferguson and Pat Boone. Esparza has played for the Las Vegas productions of Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Spamalot and Jersey Boys and is currently with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Schmidt is currently an assistant professor of jazz studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; he has performed on Broadway and for the Temptations, Johnny Mathis and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Gregg has played with Kelly Clarkson, Gretchen Wilson and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Allen is a vocalist from Nashville, Tenn., whose current single “Grateful Daughter” has reached #4 on the Christian charts on iTunes.

Endress explained there are also sponsorship opportunities. The gold sponsorship ($5,000) includes one front row table seating for 10, served hors d’oeuvres and 30 drink tickets; valet parking at the event; 10 event t-shirts and autographed CDs; receives verbal recognition at the event and in the program; an invitation to a pre-event reception with the musicians; and recognition on the hospital donor wall. The silver sponsorship ($3,000) includes one table seating for 10, served hors d’oeuvres and 10 complimentary drink tickets; 10 t-shirts and autographed CDs; the pre-event reception; and recognition on the hospital donor wall. The bronze sponsorship ($2,000) includes one table seating for 10, served hors d’oeuvres, 10 event t-shirts, recognition in the program, and the pre-event reception.

“Ticket sales have begun and we are sure this will be a sold-out event,” said Endress. “It’s a concert you won’t want to miss. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Robby and Rex who are donating their time to perform this concert. The HSHS St. Francis Foundation is proud to host them and their all-star band for this once in a lifetime concert to help the hospital purchase 3-D mammography equipment.”

For more information about the concert or tickets, visit stfrancis-litchfield.org or facebook.com/StFrancisLitchifeld.