Classic Rock Christmas Set to Fight Hunger and Rock the Holidays

For Immediate Release
November 19, 2015

Donna Swaffar, Communications Manager
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Classic Rock Christmas Set to Fight Hunger and Rock the Holidays

TOPEKA, KAN. (Nov. 19, 2015) –With temperatures expected to fall into the 20s this weekend, it looks like United Way of Greater Topeka and December People will have perfect timing for the area’s first Christmas event: United Rocks—A Classic Rock Christmas. The event is a one-of-a-kind concert experience combined with a food drive that benefits Harvesters—The Community Food Network in Topeka. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets range from $15 in the balcony to $61 for VIP seating and meet and greet after the show. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or the TPAC box office. Topeka is the only regional stop for the Classic Rock Christmas Tour, which also plays in Michigan and California.

Frosty air won’t deter the pre-concert activities outside the Topeka Performing Arts Center. The Kansas Army National Guard is a major partner for the event and will be displaying several military vehicles as well as the National Guard NASCAR show car. Motorcycle buffs will want to check out the custom motorcycle designed for the Guard by Orange County Choppers from the American Choppers television show. The public is invited to view the vehicles and talk with Guard members starting at 5:30 pm.

Inside TPAC, volunteers will be displaying food donations collected by the Guard and concert sponsors. December People asks people coming to the show to also bring 3-5 cans of food, and grocery partner Hy-Vee of Topeka is matching donations of Hy-Vee branded products to their in-store donation barrel. Last year the community and concert-goers donated more than a ton of food, and organizers are hoping for much more this year.

Concert attendees are getting a special bonus this year–a special master of ceremonies has been arranged for the evening. Major League Baseball star and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens will be on stage before the show, thanking the community and talking a little baseball before introducing the band. The Roger Clemens Foundation, United Way and Harvesters all share a common interest in helping children, especially children who are at risk.

Local performers are also appearing again. The Scot Singers from Highland Park and the Washburn Rural High School Chorale will sing with the band, and the Shawnee Heights Marching Thunderbirds drumline, Thundercussion, will perform during “Little Drummer Boy.” The Laudate Ringers bell choir from Countryside Methodist Church will play before the concert and on stage with the band.


United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, shelter, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence.

For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $110 million into the community.