(2/12/14) Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls (HCG BRF) held a benefit concert with Country Music Band BlackHawk and featured Jared Blake from NBC's "the Voice" on December 7th, 2013 (Pearl Harbor Day) where $3000 was raised from ticket sales from a Sold Out show!
This is the 5th year the HCG BRF has given a donation to the Unmet Needs Program and the biggest donation so far.
Mike DeRosa, Central/Western Wisconsin Burger King Owner, has brought awareness to this program that helps the families of deployed servicemen. The funds raised in this area stay in this area and is used to help these military families with emergency needs such as rent, mortgages, utilities and this year when the Government shut down, they helped with the unfortunate burial bills.
Last year, DeRosa set out a goal of $2 million dollars and as of July, there was $2.1 million raised! "I am so happy that our efforts have paid off for the families of these everyday heroes, we are ecstatic with this amount!" DeRosa said during a check presentation prior to the start of the concert. Regarding the idea of this benefit concert, Robert Reider, Director of Marketing for HCG BRF, stated "We feel the Unmet Needs Program is such a good way to make sure our Military families can make ends meet and this is a great way to get the word out about this program," Reider said while presenting the $3000 check on stage to DeRosa before the concert.
In addition to the donation, Mike DeRosa and his colleagues had a donation table before, during and after the concert where over $200 was raised by concert guests that wanted to give a little more during this holiday season.