THE RAT PACK IS BACK Benefit at Rosement Theatre Raises Over $80,000 in Benefit of Military Vets
The swinging '60s came back to life again on October 19 when the Rosemont Theatre and Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens hosted a benefit for Salute Inc., a non-profit organization that provides financial support for military men and women and their families. Featuring a performance by "THE RAT PACK IS BACK!," a tribute to the legendary 1960s stars known as "The Rat Pack," the evening featured timeless music and hilarious comedy.
"This is the third consecutive year we have organized a benefit for Salute Inc., and we are proud that this year's event was our most successful to date," said Mayor Stephens. "Thanks to the generous individuals who attended, we have raised an aggregate $160,000 for this wonderful organization. I am grateful to our guests for their ongoing support of our patriots, and to Salute Inc. for their tireless work to benefit those who risk their lives in defense of our nation."
"THE RAT PACK IS BACK!" took the audience back in time to classic Las Vegas on a night circa 1960 when four show business legends -- Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin -- converged at the Sands Hotel for the first time. These stars delivered style with substance, swing with swagger and a non-stop party to which everyone wanted access. The cast included Mickey Joseph (appearing as Joey Bishop); Drew Anthony (appearing as Dean Martin); Kenny Jones (appearing as Sammy Davis, Jr.) and Brian Duprey (appearing as Frank Sinatra). The show featured an uncanny recreation of one of the Rat Pack's raucous, antic-filled performances, featuring such standards as Sinatra's "You Make Me Feel So Young," and "A Foggy Day," Martin's "That's Amoré" and Davis' "Mr. Bojangles." Backing the singers was a swinging 12-piece live orchestra performing period perfect orchestrations.
"THE RAT PACK IS BACK!" is produced by Dick Feeney ("Viva Las Vegas," "Showgirls," "The Great Gleason").
About Salute Inc.: Salute, Inc. is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial support for United States military men and women through a variety of fundraising activities. The organization was founded in 2003 by Will and Mary Beth Beiersdorf of Arlington Heights, IL. After Will, a Naval Reservist, returned from 13 months of deployment in Guantanamo Bay shortly after 9/11, the couple started Salute Inc. to passionately pursue meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families.
About The Village of Rosemont, Illinois: Rosemont, Illinois, Chicagoland's business and entertainment suburb, is conveniently located five minutes from O'Hare Airport and twenty minutes from Chicago's downtown. Rosemont is home to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall, MB Financial Park at Rosemont, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, a wide variety of hotel and dining options, the Allstate Arena, the Rosemont Theatre, and a host of other entertainment and retail venues. Rosemont continues to grow and evolve based on the new vision of Mayor Bradley A. Stephens. For more information, visit www.Rosemont.com.