Monday, November 23, 2009

Tom Lounges Organizes Shelter Benefit; Items Donated Include The Buckinghams' Contributions, plus Tommy James, Foghat, Charlie Daniels, and More

The Buckinghams have several worthwhile charity events they support, including this one, "Givin the Dog a Bone' Concert, organized by Indiana DJ, Tom Lounges. Lounges is the originator of The Buckinghams' fan newsletter after their reunion back in the 1980s and has fond memories of working with the group. Here's his latest endeavor:

Shelter animal benefit includes concert, silent auction

By Times Staff | Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:00 am | No Comments Posted

Classic rock artists from around the world are helping a Northwest Indiana radio station raise funds for shelter animals in the Calumet Region.

Join X-Rock 103.9's Tom Lounges for his annual Givin' the Dog a Bone (and the Cat, too) shelter animal benefit concert and silent auction from 5 p.m. to midnight the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, at the Patrician Banquet Hall, 410 E. U.S. 30.

Donating performances this year are Chicagoland groups X-Girlfriend, The Backwoods Band, and Marrakesh Express, with a special acoustic opening set by the trio of Rick Murk, Jimmy Sarr and Chris Pena.

Among celebrities donating signed items for the event's silent auction are Alice Cooper, Foghat, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Charlie Daniels, Jim Peterik of Survivor and Ides Of March, Triumph, Little Feat, KISS alum Bruce Kulick, Tommy James, Marshall Crenshaw, The Buckinghams, and even country star Gary Allan, with more signed items still expected.

Lounges, afternoon host on Northwest Indiana's classic rocker X-Rock 103.9 and columnist for The Times of Northwest Indiana, organizes the event, making the phone calls to gather signatures from classic rockers around the country and the world.

"My two best friends, my dogs Max and Gator, came from local shelters and two months ago, the newest member of my family, Charlie, came from a shelter, too. This annual event is my way to give back for all the unconditional love of these animals," said Lounges in a written news release.

"This event has grown each year as more and more celebrity friends get on board to help brighten and save the lives of unwanted animals awaiting forever homes in local shelters," added Lounges. "Every year and more and more rockers are rolling out signed items for us. Local businesses have done likewise. And bless 'em all for it."

Businesses wishing to donate items for drawings and the auction can contact Lounges at (219) 462-6111 or

Posted in Lake on Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:00 am Updated: 3:00 pm. | Tags: Indiana, Animals, Entertainment, Fundraisers, Illinois, Music, Porter County, Schererville

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