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Everyone Has Ties to Cancer! Together We Can Make a Difference!

Homecoming concert by the Robinson Brothers!
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HSHS St. Francis Foundation to host the Robinson Brothers Homecoming Concert

Funds raised will help purchase 3D Mammography equipment for the hospital.
LITCHFIELD— HSHS St. Francis Foundation will host the Robinson Brothers Homecoming Concert on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The theme of the event is Everyone Has Ties to Cancer-Together We Can Make a Difference. The Robinson Brothers are from Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School. Robby Robinson said, “Rex and I are thrilled to return to our hometown for a concert to benefit HSHS St. Francis Hospital. This is a wonderful cause.”

Paula Endress, director of philanthropy at the hospital said, “The concert will be held outdoors under a large tent between the hospital and Litchfield Family Practice Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 7 p.m.”  She said the concert committee has been working very hard over the past several months planning the event. She explained that individual tickets are now available and include $75, $100, and $200 seating locations within the tent. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. The $200 ticket includes served hors d’oeuvres with table seating and a concert t-shirt. The $100 ticket includes self-serve hors d’oeuvres buffet and a reserved seat. The $75 ticket includes self-serve hors d’oeuvres buffet with no reserved seating. The concert will be held rain or shine underneath the tent. No refunds will be available and every person attending must have a ticket. Coolers, beverages and lawn chairs are not allowed. Endress added, “The purpose of this event is to raise funds for the 3D mammography equipment. 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.”

HSHS St. Francis Hospital Foundation board chairperson and member of the concert committee, Jane Martin, said, “The theme of the concert – Everyone Has Ties to Cancer – Together We Can Make a Difference– has a special meaning. 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.”

Concert and ticket information is located on the hospital’s website at www.stfrancis-litchfield.com and on the hospital’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/StFrancisLitchfield.

“There also are several sponsorship opportunities available for the event which includes some fantastic perks. The Gold sponsorship ($5,000) includes one front row table seating for 10, served hors d’oeuvres and 30 drink tickets. This level receives verbal recognition at the event and in the program. Ten event t-shirts and autographed CDs are included. Gold sponsors are invited to a pre-event reception with the musicians, recognition on the hospital donor wall and valet parking at the event,” Endress explained.

“Silver sponsors ($3,000) receive one table seating for 10, served hors d’oeuvres and 10 complimentary drink tickets. They will get recognition in the event program, 10 t-shirts, autographed CDs and an invitation to the pre-event reception with the musicians. Silver sponsors also receive recognition on hospital donor wall. The bronze sponsors ($2,000) receive one table seating for 10, served hors d’oeuvres, recognition in the event program and 10 event t-shirts. They also have the opportunity to meet with the musicians at a pre-event reception.”

Robby Robinson said he and his brother Rex first started working together with the band Patch. He said, “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 & The Four Seasons for decades. 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 the reunions of those three bands, along with the music of the Robinson Brothers All-Star Band. Closing the concert will be the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons featuring Christopher Kale Jones. Christopher played the role of Frankie Vallie in the national touring company of the hit musical Jersey Boys. O what a night! You won’t want to miss this,” said Robinson.

Robinson is a keyboard whiz and Hammond organ artist with a career spanning 50 years. From Liza Minelli to Eddie Harris, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Albert King, The Ventures to the Commodores, The Turtles to Tom Jones, Robby is best known as the music director/keyboard- ist for Frankie Valli & The  Four Seasons since 1978. Rex Robinson has over 40 years’ experience playing the low notes and keeping the foundation for such superstars as Peggy Lee, The  Beach Boys, Liza Minelli and The  Four Tops, just to name a few. He played bass and sang bass for Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons for 25 years. 
Other all-star band members for the September 23, 2017 event will include:
  • Warren Ham:Vocals, sax, flute and harmonica. Warren is currently on tour with Toto and is a regular member of Ringo’s All-Starr Band.
  • Craig  Pilo: Drums. Craig currently plays for Frankie Valli and has toured with Edgar Winter, Jefferson Starship, Maynard Ferguson and Pat Boone.
  • Larry  Esparza: Guitar and vocals. Larry has played for the Las  Vegas productions of Mama Mia, Hairspray, Spamalot and Jersey Boys, and is currently with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
  • Garrett Schmidt: Trumpet and flugelhorn. Garrett is currently anassistant professor of jazzstudies at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIU-E).He has performed on Broadway and for The Temptations, Johnny Mathis and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
  • Brett Stamps: Trombone. Brett was a professor of music at SIU-E for over 30 years. He has toured with The Stan Kenton Orchestra, as well as performed numerous shows with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
  • Chris Gregg: Saxophone. Chris has played with Kelly Clarkson, Gretchen Wilson and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
  • Anita Allen:Vocals. A powerful vocalist from Nashville, Tennessee. Her current single Grateful Daughter has reached #4 on the Christian charts on iTunes.
Endress said, “Ticket sales have begun and we are sure this will be a sold-out event. 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.” 


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