House party-turned-fundraising bash returns

JOHNSBURG – An idea for a house party-turned-fundraising bash is set to return this weekend.

The second annual Walla-Pa-Looza “Raisin’ Cash for Cancer” fundraiser will be Saturday in Johnsburg.

The fundraiser started in 2009 when organizer Craig Wallace wanted live music at an annual summer bash he hosts for friends. His wife wasn’t too keen on the idea, so he transformed the party into a day of food, music and raffles to raise money for cancer charities.

“With the success that we had, the turnout we had ... we just wanted to continue doing it,” said Wallace, of Johnsburg. “Nobody wanted to quit.”

Last year’s event generated more than $15,000 for the American Cancer Society and attracted more than 600 adults and 200 children.

This year’s festivities will kick off at 2 p.m. at the Johnsburg Community Club, 2315 W. Church St.

From opening time until 7:30 p.m. there will be attractions for children – such as temporary tattoos, face painting and inflatable jumpers.

For adults, the event will last until 11 p.m. and feature silent auctions, raffles, a 50-50 raffle and live music by Infinity, Aeth3r, Highlife and Cover Blondz.

There will be a second music stage set up with a battle of the bands for teens.

Wallace said he hoped some of the teen bands, which are from the greater Chicago area, will attract attendants from outside Johnsburg and McHenry County.

An army of more than 75 volunteers have pitched in for the event, including outside groups.

The McHenry Moose Lodge will be selling “walking tacos” – bags of Fritos with taco meat and other taco ingredients inside.

The Woodstock Infantry Club will be providing security and the Johnsburg Lions Club will be selling corn and donating the proceeds.

“We just got everybody involved that we know,” Wallace said.

The event is open to the public. Kids under age 12 are admitted free and adults are asked for a donation of $5.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Centegra Sage Cancer Center in McHenry and the American Cancer Society.

Wallace said he’s hoping to match, if not exceed, last year’s fundraising amounts.

“If we get what we got last year, in this economy, that’d be huge,” Wallace said.

For information or to make a donation to the group, visit www.walla-pa-looza.org.

If you go:
What: Walla-Pa-Looza fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and the Centegra Sage Cancer Center.
Attractions: Live music, battle of the bands, food, music, children’s activities.
When: 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Johnsburg Community Club, 2315 W. Church St., Johnsburg.
Cost: Free for 12 and under, suggested donation of $5 for adults.
For information, visit: www.walla-pa-looza.org.

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