Updated: July 2, 2012
Outpouring of support by local organizations to help aid victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire
As part of the massive neighbor-to-neighbor outreach to support Waldo Canyon Fire relief, a benefit concert will be held on Independence Day to support victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire and to recognize and honor the firefighters and emergency response teams working to save our city.
Featuring the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, along with appearances by Isaac Slade of The Fray, the Flying W Wranglers,Michael Martin Murphey, and Flash Cadillac, the concert will be a heartfelt tribute to the challenges, individuals, and heroic efforts taking place locally. The event masters of ceremony will include anchors from our local television stations. In addition to the artists above, program highlights include Williams’ Summon the Heroes, the 1812 Overture, America the Beautiful, the Star Spangled Banner, and more.TicketsThe one-night concert event will be held at 7:00 pm on July 4, 2012 at World Arena. Tickets are free and required. They are available at World Arena and Pikes Peak Center box offices, area King Soopers, and all TicketsWest outlets, includingticketswest.com. In addition, victims may acquire tickets at area shelters and the Disaster Relief Center at 105 North Spruce. Parking is $5 and doors open at 6:00 pm. UPDATE: all tickets have been dispersed, but limited seats may become available for walk-up attendees.BroadcastThe concert will be live broadcast on KOAA 5, Rocky Mountain PBS, KXRM Fox 21, KRDO, KKTV 11 News, KRCC 91.5 FM, 88.7 KCME-FM, 92.9 PEAK FM, Cat Country 95.1 FM, Classic Rock 98.1 KKFM, KLite 106.3, My 99.9, Y96.9, 96.1 The Beat, Z107.9, 95.5 KPHT, AM 590 KCSJ, and AM 1350 KCCY. Portions of the broadcast will be aired on KILO 94.3 and 103.9 RXP.DonationsAttendees will have the opportunity to make monetary donations to the Waldo Canyon Victims’ Assistance Fund at the event and throughout the broadcast. Additionally, Care and Share Food Bank donations will be accepted. Thanks to a generous group of event underwriters led by the Colorado Springs Independent and Focus on the Family, 100% of funds raised through the event will go directly to local relief efforts via the Waldo Canyon Fire Victims’ Assistance Fund, created by KOAA 5, Pikes Peak United Way, and El Pomar Foundation. CHEFS Catalog has generously provided their call center and volunteer employees for telethon donations during the event.In a joint statement, John Weiss, Publisher of the Independent and Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, said, “Fighting this fire, we are one community—together. Yes, we have had our differences, but we are united in reaching out to fire victims in their time of need and also honoring those risking their lives fighting this devastating tragedy.”Additional information may be obtained in the following ways:• Public event information: World Arena, www.worldarena.com or 719-477-2100.• For media interested in participating in promotional efforts, please contact one of the individuals listed at thetop of this press release.• For businesses and individuals who would like to make financial contributions to the relief effort throughthis event, please contact Pikes Peak United Way, www.ppunitedway.org.