Fans donate to the Foodbank for their chance to meet Brad Paisley / Photo by Ryan Farmer
Few things say summer like outdoor concerts. It seems like a rite of passage to grab a blanket and a couple of your best friends for a night of music under the stars at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
There is little that compares with watching your favorite artists perform the songs you’ve belted out alone in your car a thousand times before, with the exception of going backstage to profess your admiration firsthand. We would like to give you that opportunity.
For the second year in a row, the St. Louis Area Foodbank is partnering with Live Nation on a summer-long food drive outside the amphitheater. Last summer, the Foodbank collected nearly 20 tons of food to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the amphitheater. This summer, “Sevens Are Wild.”
Live Nation is bringing seven great country concerts to St. Louis. Artists like Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith and Jason Aldean will entertain the masses like they have done so many times both here and across the country. For every $7 donation or seven non-perishable food items donated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank outside the gates, fans will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to meet that night’s headliner.
We’ve enlisted both local country stations, 92.3 WIL and 93.7 The Bull, to help get the word out. We know that country music has some of the most generous fans you’ll ever find, but we want to know which station can generate the most donations.
The station that brings in the most by the end of the summer will receive a special prize from Live Nation to give away to its listeners in any manner they see fit. It’s a friendly competition where the real winners are hungry families throughout the bi-state region.
We know that the decision to donate to a charity is an important one and there are many different choices out there. We are thankful to have partners like Live Nation who are offering up once in a lifetime experiences to St. Louis country music fans in return for making a donation that may change someone’s life.
Ryan Farmer is the communications manager at the St. Louis Area Foodbank