What’s Weishfest? WeishFest 2015 will be held on Saturday, July 18th at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, IL. WeishFest (pronounced “Wish” Fest) is an all-day music festival and the sole fundraiser held by, and for, The Andrew Weishar Foundation a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization. The Andrew Weishar Foundation was created to honor Andrew Weishar and his legacy of helping others to live with faith, courage and strength. Their mission is to give immediate resources to families of adolescents or young adults who have been stricken with cancer.
Andrew and the Weishar family learned firsthand the effects of cancer when Andrew was diagnosed. He was amazed and grateful by the endless acts of kindness he received. During Andrews’s battle the family would come to realized that aside from the physical, mental and psychological toll. The financial burden cancer can be just as deviating. Yet during his 3 year battle Andrews would find his greatest highlights would be his “escapes” from the treatments and his diagnosis. Time with family, friends and everyday moments would be the reprieve need to break away his diagnoses.
Andrew asked his younger brother Dan to “pay forward” the many acts of kindness and generosity he had received. Sadly in October of 2012 Andrew lost his battle and passed away. Early in 2013 The Andrew Weishar Foundation (AWF) was created to honor that request. Weishfest is the sole fundraiser and the event allows AWF to pay forward that kindness to many, many families.
WeishFest is an event unlike anything in the area; the biggest party of the summer, all for an incredible cause. From getting the best of musical performances, to celebrity red carpet appearances. Last year’s event was a wonderful success. The second annual event featuring national country star Rodney Atkins, hosted over 3,200 people and brought great attention to The AWF and our cause. WeishFest 2014 has allowed us to really up the size and magnitude of this event, and most importantly the event allowed The AWF to grant over $120,000 to families with adolescents and young adults battling cancer in 2014. If interested, here is a video that sums WeishFest 2014 up nicely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3kaJrwGXJg
This year’s concert lineup features Eddie Money! With his hits of “Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Baby Hold ON” and “Shakin”, Eddie has sold over 28 million records with his songs being used in films, television shows, he continues to be one of the hardest working artist preforming about 150 shows a year. “My fans are the best, most loyal fans a guy could ask for. They keep coming back for more and I’m not gonna stop until they make me stop.”
Also new to WeishFest 2015 is the celebrity red carpet, where our Host Dennis McKinnon (WR #85), will be recruiting more Chicago legends and other celebrities to join the cause.
American glam metal band Warrant will also be preforming, There multiplatinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich blasted them in the national charts. The single “Heaven” went Gold and the album went Platinum in Canada.
Rounding out the top three slot is The Chicago Six! A band formed in the free time during the NFL strike of 1987, Super bowl Champs Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson and Steve McMichael are sure to get things going.
For tickets and a complete line up of all 9 artist that will be playing that day, or to learn how you can help visit www.weishfest.com For more info on the AWF can be found at www.weish4ever.org. View a special message from Eddie Money here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX61R9H2N7o.