Every so often, our professional lives can combine with our passions outside of work. My band, August Son, playing for the 12th Annual ALTSO Rocktoberfest in Chicago is one of those moments and a highlight for me. It’s shaping up to be an unforgettable night of music, camaraderie, and making a real difference in the lives of children in need.
Picture this: the stunning City Winery in Chicago, bathed in the warm glow of autumn, hosting an event that brings together the financial industry’s best and brightest, all in the name of a tremendous cause. This is what Rocktoberfest is all about, and August Son is thrilled to be a part of it.
For those who might not know, ALTSO (A Leg To Stand On) is an organization that changes lives by providing prosthetic limbs to children in need. By donating to ALTSO, August Son is directly supporting this mission and helping kids lead better lives. To date, they’ve already provided prosthetic limbs to 22,000 children, and that number continues to grow, thanks to events like Rocktoberfest.
Now, let’s talk music. Rocktoberfest is a showcase of talent from the financial industry, and August Son is proud to be one of the six excellent bands taking the stage. As a musician, nothing beats the thrill of playing live, and when that music benefits those who need a special type of help, it’s truly something special.
Our band, August Son, has a unique mix of members, including two doctors. For them, this event is a highlight of the year, a chance to combine their love for music with their passion for helping others. Some members have said it surpasses sharing the stage with Eric Burdon and WAR! We’ve been playing since 1989, and over the years, we’ve developed a deep appreciation for using our talents to support charity events in and around Chicago.
Helen Keller once said, “The simplest way to be happy is to do good,” and I couldn’t agree more. Rocktoberfest embodies this sentiment, bringing happiness to all involved while making a profound impact on the lives of those less fortunate. I tip my hat to Gabriella Mueller Evrard, Hannah Schumacher, and Beth Ann Hemming from ALTSO for their tireless dedication and effort in organizing this event.
A heartfelt shoutout is also in order for the Martino Family and my company, KRM22, for their generous sponsorships. It’s the support of sponsors like these that make events like Rocktoberfest possible and enable August Son to continue making a difference through our music.
In the spirit of Rocktoberfest, let’s not forget the joy of coming together with friends, coworkers, and industry colleagues. It’s not just about the music; it’s about the shared experience of making a positive impact on the world. So, come on down to City Winery on that magical evening and join us in supporting this incredible cause.
August Son loves to play live, and our passion for music and charity events runs deep. Keep an eye out for our upcoming shows at venues across the Chicago area. We’re always thrilled to share our music with you, and who knows, your attendance might just change a child’s life for the better.
Here’s how to support August Son:
- Buy a ticket to #RockForGood with them: www.altso.org/rocktoberfestchicago#tickets
- Make a donation in their honor: www.altso.org/rocktoberfestchicago#donate
A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) is a nonprofit providing free, high-quality prosthetic limbs, orthotic devices, and appropriately fitted wheelchairs to children in the developing world.
Two decades of ALTSO’s Rocktoberfest series have harnessed the power and generosity of the financial services industry to help 22,600+ CoolKids across 20 countries — empowering the next generation.
ALTSO’s 12th Annual Rocktoberfest-Chicago will take place on October 5th at City Winery in Chicago. Rock For Good because mobility is more than movement, it’s a human right. Mobility provides access to education, future employment, and the tools to live self-sufficiently.
A Leg To Stand On, Inc. is a US Based 501(C)3 EIN 02-0594709 & UK Based Charity 1118048