Weddings and corporate events are an amazing part of Felix and Fingers dueling pianos, but when we have the opportunity to perform at fundraisers, things are different.  Dueling pianos is unique in that its an all request, tip oriented show, which legitimately allows us to help raise more money for a cause.  It’s All About Kids! was tonight’s cause.

It’s All About Kids!

It's All About Kids Woodstock

McHenry County Fairgrounds never looked so Patriotic!

As the name implies, these great people help kids.  More specifically, kids with cancer.  Born out of a request to provide hats for kids undergoing chemotherapy, the “Hats Off for Thomas” Chamber Mixer started a mission that has been going strong for the last 17 years.  They’ve donated over $130,000 to Children’s Memorial and supported dozens of McHenry County families with medical expenses.

Hats Off For Thomas Gala

This event is held annually and Felix and Fingers had the pleasure of performing.  Set in a building on the McHenry County Fairgrounds in Woodstock IL, the volunteers had decked out the venue in patriotic colors.  It was literally amazing when first walking in.  Everything was Red, White and Blue.

Per usual, F&F performed jazz for cocktails and dinner, followed by our dueling pianos show.  As mentioned, dueling at fundraisers is a bit different due to the fact that we actually get to raise money for a cause.  This fundraiser was a bit different though in that we were joined by the actual kids that the fundraiser was supporting.  It was nothing short of an honor.

It's All About Kids Fundraiser

Mike with one of the amazing kids

American Heroes: These Kids

The American theme was based on the concept that these kids are true American Heroes, and we couldn’t agree more.  Meeting the kids, though very young, was nothing short of inspirational.  The absolute joy that they conveyed, despite the cancer, was unbelievable.  Each of the kids had an outlook on life that I would have considered impossible had I not met them myself.   If only the world could take a lesson from these unsuspecting heroes.  Each child was a true hero.

A Firework Finale

As should be the case with any “American” event, it wouldn’t feel complete without fireworks.  Half way through the show everyone was moved outside to witness a great fireworks display as we DJed Sousa Marches to accompany the show.  Afterwards we took a few more requests before guests departed and the organizers celebrated a successful event.

It’s no exaggeration to say this was one of my favorite events of the year, and at the very least, it was the most touching.  We take our hats off to you – It’s All About Kids!  Thank you for what you do – we hope to be back next year!

And for others interested in finding out more about this great cause, check out their website!  Or if you’re looking to book a dueling pianos fundraiser, especially here in McHenry County, fill out our form below or contact us here!

 

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