|L to R: Torrie Flink and Tom Robinette|
A highly-attended blues music event, the second annual “Out of the Blues” concert held in Chicago in March 2010,helped raise $145,000 to support services provided by the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center (ZCenter) for victims of sexual abuse, rape, and incest, and to provide prevention education to keep children safe.
More than 500 guests attended the event at the House of Blues Chicago to hear blues music hosted by WGN radio’s Garry Meier, and featuring blues artists Lonnie Brooks, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, and Jimmy Dawkins & The Wind Gypsys.
Several companies from the Chicago area’s construction and demolition industries, including Robinette Demolition, Turner Construction, members of the Lake County Contractors Association, J.J. Henderson, Campanella & Sons, Safway Scaffolding, General Iron, Brandenburg Industries, Frain Industries, Horton Insurance, Crane Construction, RSI and other event sponsors, helped “build” this event to raise awareness and funds, according to a news release from the coalition of companies.
A photographer from www.jonathansportraits.com also was on hand to document the 2010 “Out of the Blues” event.
“The only way for men to truly make an impact in the fight against sexual assault and abuse is for us to step up and get actively involved,” says Tom Robinette, owner of Robinette Demolition, who came up with the idea for a musical event at House of Blues and has been a driving force behind its success. “This event has become one of the must-see shows of the year, and a lot of people are already saying they want tickets for next year’s show…I can’t wait to see our lineup for 2011.” He notes that even the name of the event, “Out of the Blues,” is a reference to the services provided by the Zacharias Center to victims of trauma.
Response to the second annual Out of the Blues event enabled the ZCenter to more than triple the amount raised at the 2009 event. “We are deeply moved that despite tough economic times people have embraced this event and given so generously,” says Z Center executive director Torrie Flink, who points out that the 2010 event helped offset funding cuts. “Our special thanks go to the efforts of Robinette Demolition and so many other fantastic volunteers and sponsors,” adds Flink.