The fourth time is the $100,000 charm–at least that’s what Wilton Rocks for Food founder Andy Schlesinger is hoping as tickets for the annual live music fundraiser go on sale today, Monday, Oct. 1. Anyone planning on going will want to make sure to buy them today, because if last year is any indication, tickets will likely sell out before the day is over.
Schlesinger has a lofty fundraising target, and is hoping this year’s effort will bring in $100,000. But the show’s track record indicates that he and his musical friends may just get there: the concert raised $26,000 in its debut year (2015), $45,000 in 2016, and more than $80,000 last year. Once again, the proceeds will be split between two worthy organizations on the local front lines of food insecurity, the Wilton Food Pantry and the CT Food Bank.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, 300 lucky Wilton residents will get to be at Trackside Teen Center for the show, put on by three dozen or so fellow residents-turned-rock-stars for the evening. These performers–finance execs, IT professionals, lawyers, retailers, stay-at-home parents and more by day–are the same people you stand behind in the checkout line at Village Market or sit next to on Metro-North. Audience members will once again be wowed musically and admire the talent of so many fellow Wiltonians.
Tickets start at $100, and top out at $500, all of which includes open bar, snacks and awesome music that everyone knows and sings along to–from Billy Joel and the Rolling Stones, to the Beatles, Alanis Morissette, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink and more. Donations from anyone who can’t attend but wants to contribute are always welcomed. The best thing is that 100% of everything that is raised benefits the two food pantries.
Schlesinger is also interested in participation from the business community, and welcomes inquiries about sponsorships and silent auction donations. He can be reached via email.