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September 30 - Live Music from Richard Marx

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Newsapalooza II

Saturday, October 3
Park West

Newsapalooza II - Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

On October 23, Chicago's Park West will play host to Grammy Award winner Richard Marx's 2nd Annual "News-a-palooza," a special concert event to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. The show will take some of Chicago's most recognizable news anchors, including Mark Suppelsa and Jackie Bange of WGN-TV (Channel 9), Rob Johnson of CBS-2 as well as Christi Paul of CNN's Headline News, from behind their news desks and put them on center stage where they will perform with Marx and his band. Making his return as the show's host will be Roe Conn of WLS. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the Park West box office as of this Friday at 10:00am.

Marx credits the event's success to its unique concept. "There are so many charity events vying for people's attention and money," said Marx. "We figured it would be worth it to try putting on a show that no one could've possibly seen before. The audience last year was blown away at how good these performers were. I'm looking forward to doing it again."

Marx has been organizing benefit concerts for Cystic Fibrosis since 2001. He's attracted a virtual who's who of performers including Keith Urban, Kenny Loggins, Michael Bolton and Vince Gill. Collectively, the shows have raised over $4 million to help find a cure for the genetic disease that claims over 30,000 lives per year and has no government funding. "All the doctors and scientists I speak to who specialize in CF tell me that a cure is imminent. Maybe even within 5 years. And that creates a sense of urgency that fuels these events," says Marx.

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