Fund-raiser recalls Wheeling musician

Community fundraiser for late Wheeling musician.


A suburban foundation that provides musical instruments and lessons for struggling suburban students holds its annual fund raiser at 6:30 p.m., March 2 at Ristorante Abruzzo in Deerfield.

For the Love of Music, In Memory of Keith Halls, is named for Keith Halls, who died of a heart attack at the age of 21 at his home in Wheeling. Halls played drums and guitar, said his mother, Marilyn.

“He lived and breathed music,” she said. “Keith was always for the less fortunate so I know he would be so proud of this foundation.

“We work with local agencies to obtain our students,” said Marilyn. “We have a boy who has been taking guitar lessons for the past year and a half and enjoys every minute of it.

“He says it helps him deal with the day-to-day stresses he has to deal with from school.”

The foundation's mission to spread the gift of music to those who need it most and to enhance the lives of the less fortunate through music.

“We believe that music can heal and promote self confidence and is a powerful tool for those who choose and have the opportunity to use it,” she said.

Admission to the dinner party is covered by a $45 donation.

The foundation is also accepting donations from those not attending the fund-raiser.

Checks can be sent to: For the Love of Music, In memory of Keith Halls, 281 Surrey Road, Wheeling, IL 60090

The dinner will include garlic bread, bruschetta and fried calamari appetizers and

homemade minestrone soup

Entree will feature  Pollo Marsala or Pollo Limone chicken breast with Marsala wine sauce and hearty mushrooms or with lemon or white wine sauce.  Both served with penne russo pasta and vegetable.  Wine will be served with dinner.

A silent auction is also planned, with items including tickets to Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, jewelry, bowling at Eskape in Buffalo Grove for 20 people, gift certificates from Guitar Center and Sam Ash and Chicago Bulls tickets.

Entertainment will be provided by guitarist Lee Alex Barrie and dancers.

RSVP are requested 5 days before the event to Marilyn281@comcast.net or Sojourneyr@gmail.com  they may also RSVP to facebook pages Marilyn Halls or Sojourney Rallo.  

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