🔦 Lou Gramm

A big headliner is coming for a CarsonStrong fundraiser

Today is March 28, 2024.

  • Good morning! It’s going to be mostly sunny today with a high of 50 degrees, with temps dropping to 29 tonight as spring continues to try to shake winter’s icy grip. Of course, the weather forecast everyone’s watching is the one for the total solar eclipse Monday, April 8. Here’s what it looks like 11 days out: Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a high of 66 degrees and a 25% chance of rain. Fingers crossed …

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A night to remember: Ex-Foreigner singer Lou Gramm will headline the CarsonStrong Foundation’s Night of Hope benefit concert

The Stow-based CarsonStrong Foundation has loaded up on the star power for its upcoming Night of Hope Gala and Concert fundraising events. The two-night extravaganza will raise money for children and families who are affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

It’s going to be a big weekend of music in the area:

  • The Gala part of the event will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, located at 1989 Front St. The Gala will feature Fox 8 News morning co-anchor Todd Meany and his band, Ace Molar, with Cleveland comedian Ricky Smith serving as the Gala’s emcee.

  • The next night, legendary singer Lou Gramm, the original voice of the rock band Foreigner, will take the stage for a benefit concert at the Goodyear Theater, located at 1201 E. Market St. in Akron. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m.

  • Gramm will perform his solo hits as well as those from his days with Foreigner, a 2024 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee. Gramm has announced that he will retire from touring at the end of this year.

  • Tickets for the two events as well as sponsorships can be purchased at www.carsonstrong.org/events. Night of Hope Gala tickets for April 19 are $100 per person, while the Night of Hope Concert on April 20 offers tickets ranging from $45 to $100. Concert attendees can also purchase a Lou Gramm VIP Soundcheck Experience for $200.

Proceeds from the events support the non-profit CarsonStrong Foundation’s mission of helping children and families impacted by cancer and other life-threatening diagnoses, including the new Gift of Time Together program, which helps families affected by cancer enjoy time together.

The CarsonStrong Foundation, founded in 2017, honors the legacy of Carson Higgins, a local youth who faced a 10-year journey with neuroblastoma and served as the Cleveland St. Jude Dream Home patient ambassador until his passing in 2016. Learn more at www.carsonstrong.org.

And now, the rest of the story …

So how did the CarsonStrong Foundation get none other than Lou Gramm to headline its first benefit concert? Debbie Higgins, the foundation’s co-founder and CEO, detailed the fortuitous chain of events for The Spotlight:

“We randomly met Mark & Diane Delaney while were doing a college visit in Phoenix, as we were dining in the same restaurant,” Debbie said. “After talking we learned they were doing fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and our son Carson was a patient there for 9 years. We spoke at their next fundraiser and became good friends. We learned that they know Lou well, and in speaking with our friend Mark, we asked him if he thought Lou might be interested in doing a benefit concert for us. He spoke to Lou, and he agreed and has been excited to do the show with us. It is a big deal, and we are so thankful for our friend and for Lou Gramm agreeing to do this concert and support our Foundation!”

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