Bringing down the house on September 8, 2009, the 6th Annual ‘Rock the House’ fundraiser definitely rocked. This rock ‘n roll concert featured three different crowd-pleasing bands. Held at the popular House of Blues in Anaheim, Calif., the annual benefit concert was created to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. More than 300 people attended this rockin’ event and enthusiastically supported this great cause.
Featured during the rhythm-packed evening was one of GSF’s own talented band, Duct Tape and Beer. Rockers and rollers include Jay Sabo on vocals, Vice President International, Phil Crane and his wife, pastry chef, Kim, Guitarist Bob Brito, husband of Irvine Finance Assistant, Liz Brito, drummer Joe Gershen, vice president of Tellurian Biodeisel, Kevin Kent, founder and owner of Inspired Arts and Media, and his wife, attorney Price, GSF’s Vice President Corporate Finance, Bill Sanderson, and hospital administrator, L’Angelo on bass and vocals.
Other encore bands included performances by The Steve Plotkin Band and The Drunken Saints. The Steve Plotkin band featured McDonald’s Steve Plotkin on lead guitar, Coca-Cola’s Tim Streit on guitar, CPA, Jim Howard on drums, and his son, Ryan Howard on bass and Rock the House Founder, Dan Pulos on the Hammond B-3 organ. The Drunken Saints had accountant, Robert Herberger performing on the guitar, Ryan Howard on bass and vocals, with Jim Howard on drums and vocals, not to mention a first class emcee performance by Bill Gibbons, food industry associate.
This year’s event has been the largest to date raising $58,000, $16,000 more than last year. Also being auctioned that night were 3 guitars, with proceeds going towards the RMHC of Southern California including families and children served by the Ronald McDonald Houses in Loma Linda, Los Angeles, Orange County, Bakersfield, Pasadena and Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.
One special experience that Bruce Leon, the House of Blues logistics manager, was able to share that night was his opportunity to spend a few summers at the Camp RM Good Times when he was younger. His brother was battling with cancer, and coming from an extremely poor family and the inner cities of LA, they didn’t have much. He loved the time he was able to spend in the outdoors and the freedom him and his brother found when they were not worrying about the stresses of everyday life.
“We are already at work planning Rock the House VII,” says Phil Crane, Duct Tape and Beer member, “which promises to be even better than this year. “I never get tired of the excitement of playing on the House of Blues Anaheim stage with so many talented people for such a great cause. Knowing how the money that we raise from this event can affect kids’ lives makes it the highlight of Duct Tape and Beer’s year.”