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A Community Rises: July 4 Wildfire Relief Benefit Concert at World Arena

Outpouring of support by local organizations to help aid victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire

June 29, 2012

Colorado Springs, Colo. – As part of the massive neighbor-to-neighbor outreach to support Waldo Canyon Fire relief, a benefit concert will be held on Independence Day to support victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire and to recognize and honor the firefighters and emergency response teams working to save our city.

Featuring the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, along with appearances by the Flying W Wranglers, Michael Martin Murphey, and Flash Cadillac, the concert will be a heartfelt tribute to the challenges, individuals, and heroic efforts taking place locally. The event masters of ceremony will include anchors from our local television stations.

Tickets
The one-night concert event will be held at 7:00 pm on July 4, 2012 at World Arena. Tickets are free and required. They are available at World Arena and Pikes Peak Center box offices, area King Soopers, and all TicketsWest outlets. In addition, victims may acquire tickets at area shelters and the Disaster Relief Center at 105 North Spruce. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Broadcast
The concert will also be simulcast on KOAA 5, Rocky Mountain PBS, KXRM Fox 21, KRDO, KKTV 11 News, KRCC 95.1 FM, 92.9 PEAK FM, Cat Country 95.1 FM, and Classic Rock 98.1 KKFM, with portions of the broadcast airing on 94.3 KILO and 1039 RXP.

Donations
Attendees will have the opportunity to make monetary donations to the Waldo Canyon Victims’ Assistance Fund at the event.
Additionally, Care and Share Food Bank donations will be accepted. Thanks to a generous group of underwriters led by the Colorado Springs Independent and Focus on the Family, 100% of the funds raised at the concert will go directly to the Waldo Canyon Fire relief efforts.

In a joint statement, John Weiss, Publisher of the Independent and Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, said “Fighting this fire, we are one community—together. Yes, we have had our differences, but we are united in reaching out to fire victims in their time of need and also honoring those risking their lives fighting this devastating tragedy.”

Additional information may be obtained in the following ways:
• Public event information: World Arena, www.worldarena.com or 719-477-2100.
• For media interested in participating in promotional efforts, please contact one of the individuals listed at the top of this press release.
• For businesses and individuals who would like to make financial contributions to the relief effort through this event, please contact Pikes Peak United Way, www.ppunitedway.com.

To schedule an interview, or for more information, contact Andrew Montgomery at 719-533-6784 or at Andrew.Montgomery@fotf.org.

About Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family, which reaches about 238 million people in 130 countries, is a global Christian ministry that helps families thrive. We provide help and resources for strengthening believers in their faith and sharing the gospel; building resilient marriages that reflect God’s design; equipping parents to raise their children with a thriving faith; advocating for the preborn, orphaned and life at every stage; and engaging the culture through a biblical worldview. Visit Focus online at www.focusonthefamily.com/ and on Facebook at facebook.com/focusonthefamily. You can follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/focusfamily.

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