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The Win/Win

What started with a simple comment about giving back to the community quick

ly gained traction when Michael Vai, owner of VAI’s Italian, contacted his rockstar guitarist brother, Steve, to see if he’d be interested in donating his time and talents for charity. That phone call eventually manifested into an epic rock concert at Wentz Hall in support of Little Friends and their mission. 

 

Big hearts with big visions, require a team. Little Friends, VAI’s Italian, Wentz Hall, Blooming Color, Morley Pedals, Two Brothers, and fire + wine came together in February of 2019 and drafted a big plan. Lofty numbers (to small businesses) were thrown out. Could this event raise $25k? Was $50k possible? No one expected the event would raise over $100k net for Little Friends; something that thrilled Steve Vai, Little Friends and partners alike. 

 

People from all over the US and as far away as Australia flew into Chicago for the benefit concert. There were rare opportunities for participants to meet Steve and his band, and other opportunities for fans to see the band’s (often-private) sound check process, up close and personal. Local students at School of Rock in Glen Ellyn were invited for a once in a lifetime experience to open for Steve. August 3rd & 4th marked a very special moment in time for many. 

 

Many thanks to Morley Pedals for donating two, one-of-a-kind, fully wrapped, custom Wah Wah Pedals; to Two Brothers for donating to the concert’s Black Box event; to Blooming Color for providing amazing printed graphics; to Wentz Hall for providing an outstanding, organized, and beautiful venue experience, and to fire + wine for donating to the cause. Together, with the help of partners, concert goers, and private donors, the event raised a gross total of $140,000 for Little Friends. 

 

The Vai family are deeply grateful to everyone who collaborated on, and showed up for this spectacular charity event. As the family says, “Onwards & Upwards.”

AUG 4th CONCERT TICKET PACKAGES

  1. VIP+ – $350
    Prime Seating & Premier Meet & Greet Cocktail Reception on August 3rd with Steve Vai & his band, from 4pm-6pm
    Pre-Concert Intimate Q&A Black Box Event With Steve… day of the concert. Food provided, drinks by Two Brothers Craft Brewery
    Exclusive Access….to stage tour & sound check at 4pm, Aug. 4th
    Complimentary Guitar Raffle Ticket.. for Steve Vai autographed, Premier Series, Custom JEM77P Ibanez
  2. VIP – $250
    Prime Seating Pre-Concert Intimate Q&A Black Box Event With Steve… day of the concert. Food provided, drinks by Two Brothers Craft Brewery
    Exclusive Access….to stage tour & sound check at 4pm, Aug. 4th
    Complimentary Guitar Raffle Ticket.. for Steve Vai autographed, Premier Series, Custom JEM77P Ibanez
  3. Premium – $150
    Reserved Seating
    for the concert
    Exclusive Access….to stage tour & sound check at 4pm, Aug. 4th
  4. Reserved – $100
    Reserved Seating for the concert

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
5/1/2019

An Evening With Steve Vai

Benefit Concert for Little Friends

Hall of fame guitarist Steve Vai has teamed up with his brother Michael Vai (from Naperville restaurant ‘VAI’s Italian Inspired Kitchen + Bar’) for an intimate concert at Wentz Hall in support of an amazing, local not-for-profit: Little Friends Inc of Naperville. A live auction will take place at the event for a custom wrapped, and signed, Steve Vai signature Ibanez JEM77P, premium series guitar, alongside a matching custom Morley Wah-Wah Pedal. There will be an online raffle with another signature Ibanez JEM77P, premium series guitar (also signed by Steve), alongside a Morley Wah-Wah Pedal. The raffle guitar currently hangs behind the bar of VAI’s Italian Inspired in Naperville. Ticketing links will be made public in early May.

LINK TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE CONCERT

Steve will perform in downtown Naperville on August 4th. The show starts at 6pm, doors open at 5pm. Top tier seating will include opportunities for a private meet and greet the day of and the day before the event. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 8th. All proceeds will be donated to Little Friends Inc. of Naperville, a non profit who supports individuals and families challenged by developmental disabilities and autism. Critical support services include:

  • Autism Diagnostic Services
  • ABA Therapies
  • Education—3 different schools that support the special needs of children and adolescents
  • Adult Day/Community Day services
  • Residential Services for both Children and Adults

To learn more about this incredible organization please visit:
https://www.littlefriendsinc.org/

The benefit is currently looking for sponsors to donate services and/or funds to the event. To participate, please fill out our
**sponsorship opportunity form**

PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS TO WIN THE ONLINE STEVE VAI PREMIUM, SIGNED JEM77P
**NON-USA ENTRANTS**…
please allow 5-7 business days to receive your digital raffle ticket once purchased

Proceeds from all sources go directly to Little Friends Inc of Naperville.

Event Contact

Tiffany Berry: tiffany@vaisnaperville.com

ARTIST CREDIT

SPECIAL THANKS TO
MELANIE DOBIASHOVSKA

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