Rock concert to raise money and awareness for Riley Kids Fund

A rock concert in Warsaw Friday night is benefiting local families.

Riley Kids Fund Co-Founder Alan Alderfer tells News Now Warsaw what their mission is all about.

“You get a sick child and you have to travel the two and half hours down to Indianapolis. You have to pay for gas, you have to miss work, and next thing you know you have to decide…and we’ve heard this from local families…am I going to pay the utilities bill or am I going to take my child to Riley?”

The Riley Kids Fund will be accepting donations at the free 2017 Rockin’ for Riley Concert in Warsaw’s Central Park, presented by the city of Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department and 107.3 WRSW.

Alderfer says their presence at the show serves a bigger purpose than just raising money.

“We’re out there to help raise money for the Fund, but one of the other big reasons that we’re out there is to let people know this Riley Kid’s Fund is there for them to be able to get help,” he explains. “These families that are struggling to be able to take care of their sick child, Riley Kid’s Fund is here for you, to let you know there is money and help available.”

The Friday night concert starts at 6:30 p.m. with Fleetwood Mac Mania, who will be followed by Absolute Journey. WRSW morning show personality Kris Lake says the two groups are the official tribute bands and aren’t just cover bands, but have received the endorsement from the real bands to tour and play their music.

They raised a little over $3,000 at last year’s summer rock concert. Aldefer says they never make a goal going into a fundraising event because they accept whatever the community wants to help with.

“Whether its $10 that we make or $10,000, it’s how the community wants to help this fund,” he says.

Business partners Alan Alderfer and Mike Bergen started the Kosciusko County Riley Kids Fund in 2011 to help families with the expenses of taking their kids to Riley.