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Vegas-Themed Party To Benefit Children In Need

November 6th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Vegas-Themed Party To Benefit Children In Need
Family Fun

By Colleen Sparks

Managing Editor

A huge party where guests can indulge in the fun and glamour of Las Vegas this month will raise money for children in need.

The Chandler Compadres plans the Rock the Cause for Kids 2018 fundraiser from 6 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 10 at Rawhide Western Town & Event Center, 5700 West North Loop Road.

The theme of the gathering is “One Night in Vegas,” and a costume contest will be held with guests encouraged to dress up as Elvis Presley, showgirls, Marilyn Monroe and any other characters or celebrities inspired by Las Vegas.

The event’s co-emcee will be Jeff Civillico, a Las Vegas headliner, comedian and TV host personality, and local band Rock Lobster will perform. Rappers Young MC and Loc will also take the stage at the bash.

Rock the Cause is the biggest event the Compadres hold to raise money for organizations that help needy children in the community.

“It’s amazing how much fun people have at this event,” said Matt Askland, Rock the Cause chairman and Compadres board member.

“People understand that this is a fundraiser, but it’s not about spending all the time fundraising,” he added. “We focus on fun first. Our ingredients are good food, good drink and heavy on the fun. The who’s who of Chandler is at this event. It’s definitely the party of the year for Chandler.”

Last year, Rock the Cause netted $517,000 and the goal is $600,000 this year, Askland said. About 1,600 people came to last year’s Rock the Cause and organizers hope to add at least 200 more to that total this year.

Guests can bid on more than 200 items in a silent auction including vacations, longboards, grills, bicycles and gift baskets. Participants can spend anywhere from $50 to $5,000 on silent auction goods, Askland said.

People can also buy tickets for a chance to win a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Party-goers may also bid on about 10 items in a live auction, including a week’s stay on a houseboat, a trip to Belize, a vacation to Cabo San Lucas and tickets to the Kentucky Derby. A Rolex watch also is on the block.

Guests will enjoy a five-course meal provided by Robert’s Catering.

The core entertainment for the event, Rock Lobster, has partnered with the Compadres and performed at the gala for several years. The band plays 80s music and some 90s songs.

Rock Lobster bassist John Colby loves playing at Rock the Cause.

“It’s phenomenal,” Colby said. “We love being a part of it. Rock Lobster probably plays over 100 shows a year and this has to be one of our top two or three. It’s a highlight of our year.”

He called the Compadres “great people.”

“I’ve had a great relationship with a lot of them for a long time now,” Colby said.

Askland returned the compliment.

“They’re the best cover band around,” he said. “They absolutely make the event so much fun. The dance floor is packed. They really are the key to making our event a good time and make it easy for those who can afford to do it to pull out their checkbooks.”

The Compadres have 40 active members and about half of them are assigned to plan the Rock the Cause event, Askland said. Of those, about five to eight are really “spearheading” it and have been planning the night since January.

“I’m literally spending 40 hours a week on this event,” Askland said. “If we can raise over $600,000 in one night, it’s amazing what that money will do right here in our backyard.”

The nonprofit organization took in gross donations of $1 million last fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2017 to June 30 of this year.

The biggest beneficiary of the Compadres’ donations is the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s Chandler Compadres Branch, which received $350,000.

The Compadres awarded nonprofit organization ICAN $200,000 and AZCEND was given $120,000.

Askland, a father of a 14-year-old daughter, Kyler, is happy to be part of an organization that helps children. He is also grateful to his wife, Debbie Askland, for helping him organize the event including making centerpieces at their home.

“I’m lucky enough to provide my daughter a great life and there’s so many kids out there that don’t have that and don’t have parents in their lives,” Matt said.

He said large corporations also are important for supporting the Compadres. The title sponsor for the Rock the Cause for Kids is One Armour, and two other significant sponsors for the event are Hawkeye Electric and Clever Investor.