By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2012
Chris and Angela Glidden invite you to Rock A Wish at the SpiritBank Event Center.
For a full day of fun while supporting a worthy cause, mark your calendar for Saturday, June 30, 2012. The inaugural Rock A Wish Concert & Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the SpiritBank Event Center. Festivities will include a car show, exhibit booths, concessions and live music throughout the day, as well hourly door prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Kids 12 and under are admitted free with adult admission.
Angela and Chris Glidden spearheaded Rock A Wish. Their company, Everything Events, coordinates several charitable events each year. Recently one of their clients wanted to host an event that would make a difference in people’s lives, but could not decide which organization to benefit. Angela and Chris suggested the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, because Angela has had firsthand experience with this wonderful organization. Their son Brandon, who has cerebral palsy, was granted a wish five years ago. Brandon’s biggest dream was to go to WrestleMania. Make-A-Wish sent Brandon and Angela, along with 50 other kids and their families from around the United States who had made the same wish. “People tend to stare at children with disabilities,” says Angela. “But everyone we met was so wonderful and made Brandon feel just like a regular kid. The experience was so positive and really encouraged us to help other kids have their wishes granted.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Oklahoma grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The cost is approximately $7,000 to grant one wish, and currently 150 children in Oklahoma are waiting for their wish to be granted. Since being founded in 1987, our state chapter has granted more than 1,900 wishes to eligible Oklahoma children.
Rock A Wish will feature a full entertainment roster throughout the day. The evening headliners are Dressed to Kill, a Kiss tribute band, and Billion Dollar Koopers, a tribute to Alice Cooper. Other musical acts include The Danny Baker Band, Under the Gun, The Moving Company, Tulsa’s Cold Case, Sweatin’ Bullets, STUN, and Octane Blue. “All of the bands have donated their time and talents to support the event,” adds Chris.
You’ll also see some of Oklahoma’s most incredible classic and muscle cars, as well as a variety of exhibit booths. Local celebrities will judge the cars and award trophies, and attendees can vote on their favorite vehicle for People’s Choice. Other fun activities on the lineup include a rock star lookalike contest and an air guitar competition.
You may even walk out of Rock A Wish with more than you go in with. Hourly door prizes will consist of great items donated by local businesses, including memorabilia from Carroll Shelby, creator of the Shelby Mustang. Make-A-Wish is also holding a raffle for the chance to win a 2013 Lexus ES 350. The silent auction opens at 10 a.m., and winners of the items, such as trips and furniture from Mathis Brothers, will be announced at 6 p.m.
Sponsors of Rock A Wish include Williams, Dave & Buster’s, Liberty Mutual, Tulsa Night Out, Monster Energy Drinks, Smashburger, Mathis Brothers, and Texas Roadhouse. To purchase tickets, visit www.rockawish.com or stop by the SpiritBank Event Center at 105th and Memorial.
Angela and Chris hope to make this an annual event and help grant as many wishes as possible to Oklahoma children. Come out and “Rock a Wish” on Saturday, June 30 for a great time and to support an incredible organization that changes young lives.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.