IWU's Circle K to Host Tourette Syndrome Benefit Concert

March 11, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan's Circle K will present a benefit concert for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Illinois on Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in Illinois State University's Braden Auditorium (100 N. University St., Normal).

The campus chapter of Circle K, a service organization, spent a year raising funds, and with more than $10,000 collected the chapter was able to retain four musical groups to perform. IWU's a cappella group Suspended will open the event. Also performing will be the Dear Abbeys, an a cappella group from Boston University; Northwestern University's Purple Haze; and Bumpus, a band based out of Chicago. Following the show audience members will have the opportunity to meet the musicians.

As an introduction to the concert, a segment of CBS' “60 Minutes” will be shown featuring professional soccer player Tim Howard of the British team Manchester United, who has Tourette Syndrome.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through tsconcert@hotmail.com. Tickets also will be sold at Ace Hardware (204 E. College Ave., Normal) on Wednesday, March 23, and Friday, March 25, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day, and at Kroger (1550 E. College Ave., Normal) throughout the day on Saturday, April 9.

All proceeds will be donated to the foundation. There will be a free shuttle from IWU to the concert.

For more information or to order tickets, call the concert information line at (309) 556-1077, or contact Circle K President Brian Jbara at (309) 556-1418 or (269) 808-1297. A Web site also will be available soon at https://sun.iwu.edu/~jball.

Contact: Leslie Boelter, (309) 556-3181