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Turning Point Radiothon seeking bands, car show participants

Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 10:51 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – After falling just short of its $100,000 fundraising goal last year, Turning Point is looking to turn up the volume at its annual Radiothon in hopes of reaching the triple-digit mark.

Turning Point is looking for participants for a Battle of the Bands show and a car show at the 9th annual fundraiser that will take place Aug. 15 and 16 at the Sam's Club on 5670 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

The two events are new to the fundraiser that brought in about $86,000 last year. Betsy Cosgray, events coordinator at Turning Point, said she believes the live music and car show can get the organization to its $100,000 goal. The organization offers victims of domestic violence and their children safe shelter, along with individual counseling, group counseling, specialized children’s programs and help with orders of protection.

"Live music and car shows are synonymous with summer and seemed like a perfect match for our outdoor event," Cosgrave said. "Each year we've seen more and more people come to the event."

The Battle of the Bands competition will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16. Bands will perform a 20-minute set of music that must be appropriate for all ages, Cosgrave said. Bands are required to perform at least one instrument live and all members must be 12 or older. The deadline for entry, which is free, is July 15.

The car show, which will run at the same time as Battle of the Bands, is open to all cars including classic, muscle, antique, trucks and sports cars. Entry is $15 and trophies will be awarded based on public voting.

In addition to the two new events, Cosgrave said event staples will return for another year. The event will feature a 36-hour live radio broadcast by Star 105.5, free health classes such as yoga and body boot camp, games and activities for children and families and the Stuff-A-Truck event where people can bring houehold items and clothing to donate.

Cosgrave said the organization also was finalizing a dance-a-thon event that would go from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for sixth-graders and older.

"It's Turning Point's largest fundraiser so we want to do all we can to attract people from all over McHenry County to come out," she said.

For information about the free event or to sign up for Battle of the Bands or the car show, contact Cosgray at 815-338-8081 or bcosgray@mchenrycountyturningpoint.org.

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