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Lou Gramm Fan Fest Supports Golisano Children's Hospital

May. 1, 2015
Proceeds from silent auction benefit patients and families
Fans of Lou Gramm, the original lead singer of Foreigner, will have stars in their eyes for their “Juke Box Hero” at the first Lou Gramm Fan Fest May 8 and 9 at the Rochester Airport Marriott Hotel. Complete with a meet and greet, dinner, and silent auction, the two-day fan event will honor the Rochester Music Hall of Famer and what he has done for the community. Per Gramm’s request, money raised at the silent auction will benefit UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital.

The Fan Fest will start with a meet and greet and tribute band performance from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 8. Saturday’s activities include dinner, a performance by Gramm, and a silent auction benefiting the Finger Lakes region's only children's hospital. Doors for the dinner will open at 5 p.m. and food will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets, which include admission to both nights, are $50 and must be purchased by May 6. Tickets can only be purchased online .

A graduate of Gates-Chili High School and Monroe Community College, Gramm was born and raised in Rochester and now lives in Webster. Throughout his music career, he has donated money and held fundraisers for various local families and organizations. He has also been an advocate for Rochester-area bands, always having one open for him when he performed with his Lou Gramm Band in New York.

Gramm has always had a special bond with children and, as a father of four, is happy to support the Finger Lakes region’s only children’s hospital.

“Having grown up in Rochester I know how much the children’s hospital means to the community,” Gramm said. “Being able to support sick and injured children through a unique fan event is a great opportunity and I couldn’t be happier to be involved.”

A member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gramm has co-written a number of Foreigner hits, including “Feels like the First Time,” “Hot Blooded,” “Urgent,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,”“Juke Box Hero,” and more.

“We’ve been collecting letters from fans all over the world expressing their appreciation to Lou,” said Patricia Riley, administrator of the Lou Gramm Fan Club site. “Fans really want to say thanks and the Fan Fest is the perfect way to do so while also giving back.”