Best Drug Rehabilitation Sponsors "Music With A Mission" Charity Concert to Support Music Education

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Returning to Mendon, IL for the second year to support local school districts, Best Drug Rehabilitation sponsors the 2015 “Music With A Mission” benefit performance.

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Our participation in the ‘Music With A Mission’ benefit concert is aimed at helping our teens and young adults find healthier and more productive outlets for a more positive lifestyle, showing them alternatives to drugs and alcohol.

The Adams County Fairgrounds saw the return of the “Music With A Mission” benefit concert, held on May 30th, 2015 to raise funds which will provide financial assistance to underfunded local school systems and promote music education in students. Mendon, IL, where the fairgrounds are located, and the neighboring town of Quincy have seen cuts in spending over the past few years that have caused a shortfall in financing for music education, among other academic, arts and athletics programs. Best Drug Rehabilitation also returned this year as a sponsor of this event and adding to the funds that were raised by ticket sales and concessions, money that will go to these underfunded programs.

“America’s greatest resource and asset is our children,” said Best Drug Rehabilitation founder and CEO Per Wickstrom. “Promoting education and encouraging arts and music in our youth is our best tool in fighting addiction in our communities. Our participation in the ‘Music With A Mission’ benefit concert is aimed at helping our teens and young adults find healthier and more productive outlets for a more positive lifestyle, and showing them alternatives to the dangerous and deadly path of using drugs or alcohol. We were honored to return to this event that has such a great cause behind it.”

The Music with a Mission Event

Hundreds of people attended the “Music With A Mission” event, which featured performances by several contemporary country-rock stars, including Madd Hoss Jackson, Highway Run, Trailer Choir, Avenue Beat, and Cadillac Three. “Big Vinny” Hickerson of Trailer Choir was one of the lead organizers behind the concert, and he has expressed his desire to step away from the traditional fundraising efforts seen by most school districts, such as bake sales or raffles. The success of last year’s event made it evident that this idea is a winner, and the 2015 concert raised thousands of dollars to help provide those much-needed funds to Mendon and West Illini schools.

Although rain over the few days before the concert had turned much of the Adams County Fairgrounds into a mud pit, concertgoers were not swayed from attending, and the concert was moved to the interior of the Show Barn to avoid the less than ideal conditions outside. In an interview with local news channel KHQA 7, Vinny Hickerson shared his philosophy on music education, saying, “Schools don’t focus enough on music. Music is a universal language. No matter what, when you hear a tune, regardless of what language you speak, you know it’s a tune. Not everybody is creative in that way, but I think, for those kids that are, they should have that option.”

Best Drug Rehabilitation has made a commitment to helping make the world a better place for everyone who lives in it. With many efforts focusing on community outreach every year, it is their objective to help out wherever help is needed, both inside the halls of their recovery center and out. “Community outreach has always been, and will remain, one of the top priorities of Best Drug Rehabilitation,” Wickstrom commented after the event. “The ‘Music With A Mission’ concert is just one way that we can provide the support necessary to give our youth an optimistic view of the future.”

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