- Live, On-Stage “Waiting For A Girl Like You” Serenade By Lead Singer Kelly Hansen Was Top-Selling Item At $9,500
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 10, 2012) – Foreigner raised nearly $30,000 with four select auction items, including a unique on-stage serenade by lead singer Kelly Hansen, during Monday night’s Foreigner Acoustique: Classics Unplugged concert to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square.
The serenade was the top-selling auction item as it fetched $9,500 for Hansen to serenade the winning bidder on the Flying Saucer’s outdoor patio stage with Foreigner’s mega-hit, “Waiting For A Girl Like You” as band members Jeff Pilson and Tom Gimbel played acoustic guitars.
A pair of black Epiphone guitars signed by Foreigner sold for a combined $13,600, with one going for $7,500 and the other for $6,100. A framed replica platinum album of “Hot Blooded – No Limits” signed by the band brought in $6,750.
Overall, the live auction earned Speedway Children’s Charities $33,700 as a Texas Motor Speedway race package went for $3,850. The event total was unavailable at this time until additional sales, including tickets, and expenses are calculated.
“Foreigner has a very special relationship with Texas Motor Speedway and the Fort Worth community since our first visit in 2009,” Foreigner Manager Phil Carson said. “It’s a real thrill for us to help raise money for Speedway Children's Charities and be a part of what this wonderful organization does for Texas kids in need. We were thrilled that the unique items chosen for the live auction captured the fancy and generosity of our fans, especially the serenade by Kelly.”
Foreigner will continue their charitable ways prior to Saturday evening’s Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, where they will perform the event’s pre-race concert beginning at 4:30 p.m. CT. From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas volunteers, wearing red shirts, will be selling a combination package of the Foreigner Extended Version CD and a Foreigner/SCC t-shirt for just $20 that also will benefit the charity.
“We are beyond thrilled with the heart-felt generosity that Foreigner has shown toward Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas,” SCC Executive Director Jennifer Henshaw said. “They are a tremendous group to work with and the result was a first-class event that will help children in North Texas.”
About Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter: Since 1997, Speedway Children's Charities at Texas Motor Speedway has distributed more than $8 million in funding to non-profit organizations in North Texas supporting children in need. The funds distributed by Speedway Children's Charities are raised through special events held throughout the year. Most of Speedway Children's Charities events are geared around the three major race weeks at Texas Motor Speedway. Operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the mission of Speedway children’s Charities is to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. Speedway Children’s Charities could fill the grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway 14 times with the number of children we have helped since 1997. Our reach is far, and the dollars we raise go to directly help children in our community. Children's organizations in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties are eligible to apply for the Speedway Children's Charities' annual Founders and Partner Grants. Qualified applicants must directly fulfill needs of children in our area and be a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Visit us online at www.scctexas.org to learn how you can help make the difference in the lives of children living in North Texas.