Our third annual ROCK MS event was to be tied to the Classic Rock 5K but the race was canceled, resulting in a complete re-design. In the end, ROCK MS was labeled “Rock the Block” and brought to the Eastgate Neighborhood Association as a neighborhood block party. Kids were treated to a “candy walk” and games while Sloth kept the adults entertained with music trivia. A side-by-side Rock Band and karaoke system was largely used by the neighborhood kids, who thoroughly enjoyed their moment in the sun. Guitar Center and Paw Paw Brewery both donated items for a raffle, which proved to be fairly popular. In the end, ROCK MS 2014 raked in more than $500 for MS-related research and programs… not bad for a community event!
The street was closed to traffic and we set up our “stage” in the road
The c0ncr373 cru5h3r5 Walk MS team takes to the stage!
An appreciative crowd begins to assemble on the lawn to witness rock power
Steph sold books and crafts to raise money for her Challenge Walk event in September
Our Rest Stop award somehow found its way onto our event table as a convenient paperweight
Chalk drawing was fairly popular for our younger visitors
Families were encouraged to bring a dish to pass; we ate quite well!
Godwin Plumbing yet again came through as a sponsor for our specialized “rest stop”
Sloth couldn’t help but poke a little fun at the portable “john” with some custom signage
Visitors to the rest room learned all about rock legends such as John Lennon and John Fogerty
Heather also sold some custom bracelets to raise money for the MS Society
Our top raffle prize: a gorgeous Taylor GS Mini guitar!
Sloth made a concerted effort to involve the adults with the performances, but the kids wound up ruling the evening!
Heather punished the drums and kept the band in sync
More friends and neighbors appeared as the evening wore on
Even Steph came up to rock the mic!
Heather raised $50 and won the coveted “Bag o’ Swag” and a limited edition ROCK MS t-shirt
James wound up winning the Taylor guitar… and it plays like a dream!
As the sunlight waned, the rock ‘n’ roll lighting came on
VIDEO: The kids bring on the heat with “Eye of the Tiger”
We finished things off with some karaoke performances that got the crowd dancing!
VIDEO: Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” was a crowd-pleaser both for the singers and for the audience