If you love Elton John, rock ’n’ roll and a fun-filled evening with friends — and helping a worthy cause — consider Rockin’ Out for Alzheimer’s.
“Fundraising for this Alzheimer’s cause starts with the word ‘fun,’ and this concert is going to be an absolute blast,” said Chandler Dennard, event co-chairman. “This Elton John tribute concert is performed by Tokyo Joe Productions, a dynamic rock ’n’ roll band that co-chair Darron Burnette, myself and our wives started following about seven years ago when we attended a Hilton Head concert.”
Since debuting in 1996, Tokyo Joe, based in Columbia, S.C., has become a popular band in the Southeast.
“Elton John fans can go into the PAC and close their eyes, and they would think Elton John was here,” Dennard said, adding that Greg Bickley, the lead vocalist, does a phenomenal job.
With a half-dozen costume changes and a massive lighting show this year, Dennard promised that the second annual show, set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Georgia Southern University’s Performing Arts Center, will not disappoint.
“Plus, we’ve got a few more surprises planned for the audience this year to enhance their experience,” he said.
The event does not end at the curtain call.
“Our evening’s fundraising activities will continue at Locos for all patrons,” Dennard said.
Local celebrity bartenders will gather tips to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Corporate sponsors this year include: Willow Pond Senior Living Community and Seasons Memory Care, Sea Island Bank, Brodie, Moogerfeld Internal Medicine, BB&T, Vaden Nissan of Statesboro, Ogeechee Technical College, Queensborough Bank, Metter Ford, Lewis Color, Southern OB/GYN, AgSouth, Braswell, Cedar Plantation, Pawn City, Willow Pond at Home, Walmart and Ellianos Coffee Company.
“Our local Alzheimer’s committee, composed of community businessmen and women, are committed to joining the national drive to find a cure for this disease,” Dennard said.
In 2013, more than 5 million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
“I really became involved in this fight against Alzheimer’s when Darron’s mother was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease,” Dennard said.
“Last year, 600 tickets were sold helping raise about $20,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, and with the popularity of this band, we are sure we can meet that goal this year,” he added. “It’s easily the best show you’ll see in Statesboro this year, and it’s for a good cause.”
Tickets can be purchased at the PAC box office, 847 Plant Drive, by phone at (912) 489-7999 or online www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.