'Rock to the Rescue' should exceed $300K haul

'Rock to the Rescue' should exceed $300K haul

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BLOOMINGTON — Larry the Cable Guy may have underestimated the $300,000 haul for Wednesday’s Rock to the Rescue concert in U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

The rustic comic, who served as the night’s emcee and court jester, used his on-stage time to report direct box office receipts for the all-star show led by Illinois-born bands and founders of Rock to the Rescue, Styx and REO Speedwagon.

“We will not have an official number until early next week because we are still taking donations online, merchandise is still being sold, and the online eBay auction runs until Monday,” noted Jenna Fecht, marketing and communications manager for the Coliseum.

“So it will be well over $300,000 when everything is figured,” she added Thursday.

According to final Coliseum figures, 7,503 concertgoers attended the sold-out event, purchasing tickets that ranged in price from $28 to $58.

Proceeds will go to area victims of the devastating storms and tornadoes that struck Nov. 17.

Rock to the Rescue is a nonprofit organization founded 12 years ago by Styx’s Tommy Shaw and REO’s Kevin Cronin as the result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

To keep the rescue effort going, as Fecht noted, the group is conducting a charity auction of rock memorabilia and signed instruments at ebay.com/usr/rocktotherescue.

Direct donations are being taken at rocktotherescue.net.

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