Help Support Our Summer Concerts!

Concert donations can be mailed to:
PRFAS
PO BOX 89A
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Donations Total as of 8-11-2014

Donations Total as of 8-11-2014

Click here for 8/8/2014 7th Heaven Flyer
Tonight Friday 8/8/2014
The 7th Heaven Band
Sponsored by the Park Ridge Park District

 

 
 
7th.Heaven Band Tonight 8/8/2014 at Park Ridge Concerts in the Park
7th.Heaven Band Tonight 8/8/2014 at Park Ridge Concerts in the Park   

 

 
Mark Kennetz, Nick Cox, Richard Hofherr, Mike Mooshey, Tamara Mooshey,  Keith Semple and Adam Blair. 

7th heaven is a Chicago, Illinois-based rock band created by guitarist Richie Hofherr, Tony Di Giulio and Michael Mooshey. Formed in 1985, it has continued up to present day with changing band members. 

7th heaven was managed by Alec John Such of Bon Jovi and James Young of Styx in 1997-1998. 7th heaven is currently managed by NTD Management, which also manages such bands as “1 Speed Go” & HiFi Superstar. They are signed to NTD Records, writing over 3000 songs by now, doing many shows and selling 25,000 CDs to date. Their acclaimed Silver 30-tracks double CD released in 2004 has been a very popular favourite release. 

The title of 2008 release, 14-track album USA-UK’ comes from joining of the Northern Ireland singer, Keith Semple joining the American AOR band. Semple had won Popstars: The Rivals a UK singing competition and had become a member of boy band One True Voice during the period 2002-2003, before the band broke up. Semple had a gold record with One True Voice mainly through their double A side hit Sacred Trust/After You’re Gone that had reached #2 in the British music charts.

“Jukebox” was released in 2010, the band’s 25th anniversaary. It contains over 700 of the band’s song from its start to then. 2011 album, “Pop Media” contains 22 new songs. 

In January 2013,  Anthony Fedorov joined as lead singer, but later replaced by Keith Semple later that year.  The album “Synergy” was released June 2013.  

Thank you to everyone who has donated to support Symphony Concerts in the Park.  We’ve collected $31,000 to date…but we’ll need $50,000 to maintain 4 Symphony Concerts plus Big Band.  Make a 2014 donation and help us keep this legacy alive.  We are a 501 C 3, so your donation is tax deductible. 

 
Mayor David Schmidt and Park Ridge Aldermen
Mayor David Schmidt and Park Ridge Aldermen

  

 

Mayor David Schmidt, Aldermen Dan Knight (5), Marty Maloney (7), Marc Mazzuca (6), Nick Milissis (2), Jim Smith (3), Roger Shubert (4), Alison Harrington and supporting staff
Mayor David Schmidt, Aldermen Dan Knight (5), Marty Maloney (7), Marc Mazzuca (6), Nick Milissis (2), Jim Smith (3), Roger Shubert (4), Alison Harrington and supporting staff
Thank you Mayor Schmidt and all the Aldermen for showing us your culinary skills and grilling at our Fundraiser BBQ Friday July 25th, 2014.  Whole Foods donated the food and it’s greatly appreciated.  We successfully raised $2,200 to contribute to the future of our Park Ridge “Concerts in the Park”. 
 Thanks to Whole Foods. Concerts in the Park really appreciates your help!!!
Thanks to Whole Foods. Concerts in the Park really appreciates your help!!!
Thank you to everyone who donated to our PRFAS baskets.  We collected $3,400.  This coupled with the BBQ funds total $5, 600 from Friday’s event!!!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  We greatly appreciate it.  Please keep it coming. 
You make it happen!!!     
 
Register with us online and we will enter your email in our gift basket drawing.  
 
Thanks Chief Bob Szkwarek and thanks to the Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses for sponsoring our June 27th “Heroes Through the Ages” concert.  $3,000 was distributed from their Christmas Tree sale proceeds and greatly needed by our organization to continue our symphony concerts. 

 Bob Szkwarek and PRIS members at Concerts in the Park

Bob Szkwarek and members of PRIS nation. $3,000 sponsor of 6/27/2014 Concert

 

 The Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses

Emily Kosaka, Amy Noble, Kimberly Walters July 11, 2014 PRCW Gift Basket Raffle Raised $2,180

Emily Kosaka, Amy Noble, Kimberly Walters July 11, 2014 PRCW Gift Basket Raffle Raised $2,180

 

We are all looking forward to a warm 2014 Friday night concert in the park.  Go to our Events Calendar for our 2014 schedule.  The 2014 season will last June 20th through August 8th with 4 orchestral concerts, Brian Patti July 25th, and music provided by PRPD July 3, August 1 and August 8th.  We will be listing donations over $50 in our summer booklet, so take the opportunity to show your support!!!

***Park Ridge Park District will be selling food for the convenience of our patrons and families.  Spuntino’s pizza and hot dogs from vending truck.  You can buy something in the park, take a break from cooking and just enjoy the evening.  (Except 7/11 Taste of PR and 7/25 Brian Patti Concert).

Our board members and our kids had great fun passing out bookmarks at the 2014 Memorial Day parade. 

2014 Memorial.Day.Parade

Hope you’ve enjoyed our Hodges Park Concerts in the Park.  PRFAS will diligently continue our fundraising efforts to ensure the future of our Summer Concerts.  This continues as a gift to our community and a labor of love for our board members, but we need your help.  Make a donation and let us know of any organizations willing to sponsor and support our concerts.  Email us at prfas@yahoo.com.  See below to see how $81,000 was spent for the 2011 concert season. 

Here is how $81,000 was spent for 2011.  It averages about $10,000 per orchestral concert.  Due to reduced funding, we’ve mitigated to 4 orchestral concerts for 2014. 

  1. 1.  $57,000, or 70% of the total, for the 50 piece orchestra, which is made up of the finest free-lance professional musicians in the Chicago area.
  2. 2.  $14,000, or 17% of the total, for the sound system.
  3. 3.  $6,000, or 8% of the total, for music, licenses, printing, insurance and other expenses.
  4. 4.  $4,000, or 5% of the total, added to reserves.
  5. 5.  Nil for the board members since we are all volunteers.
  6. 6.  Resources and facilities provided by PRPD and the City of Park Ridge.

Funding Sources

2011 Donations Pie Chart

$81,000 Concert Expenses

2011 Expense Allocation Chart

Weather Alert Protocol!!!  Join us at 8pm to see if the weather allows the musicians to play and for us to proceed.  We don’t know till then.  Scroll below or see event calendar for 2014 concert schedule.  

We thank the Park Ridge Park District and the City of Park Ridge for use of their resources and facilities.  We are a Park Ridge 501 C (3) not for profit organization whose board members solicit donations and work to make the concerts possible as a labor of love, but funding by sponsors and organizations continue to diminish.  We would appreciate help with sponsorship and donations.  Let us know if there are any organizations willing to sponsor a concert or make a donation and we will contact them.  Our email is prfas@yahoo.com.  Please make a donation below if you’d like to be listed as donor.  We list all donations $50 and over.  Donations June 2013 to June 2014 will be listed in our 2014 booklet

 

 

 

 You can help support the continuation of our concerts by making a   donation, sponsoring a concert or a page in our 2014 ad booklet or   participating in our November 2014 benefit.  See our advertisers section for contact information.

 If you are a business in Park Ridge and would like to support the concerts and our audience of thousands by advertising in our booklet or weekly flyer, go to Advertisers Page and see our pricing and call one of the board members if any questions.   

Lauren and Dash at Concert
Lauren and Dash at Concert 

 

Providing Free Concerts In Park Ridge

Concerts in the Park Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony Summer 2014 – Our 54th Year!

Barbara Schubert, Music Director and Conductor

  • Four orchestral concerts June 20, 2014 to July 18, 2014 by Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony, a 50-piece ensemble of the finest free-lance professional musicians in the Chicago area.
  • Brian Patti Big Band – July 25th in Hodges Park.
  • Bands sponsored by PRPD July 3rd, August 1st and August 8th.  All concerts are at 8 pm in Hodges Park, in front of Park Ridge City Hall, except July 3rd Fireworks at Maine East HS.

Help Support Our Summer Concerts!

Concert donations can be mailed to:
PRFAS
PO BOX 89A
Park Ridge, IL 60068