Rosecrance Foundation 2013 Benefit Features Broadway Duo, Songs and Inspirational Stories

ROCKFORD – Tenor J. Mark McVey and Christy Tarr-McVey will headline the annual Rosecrance Foundation Benefit on April 15 at Giovanni’s to raise funds to serve children, adolescents and adults who need financial assistance for substance abuse and mental health treatment.

The married couple, both Broadway veterans, will perform selections from the stage and screen, including songs by the late Marvin Hamlisch, who was the featured entertainer at the 2006 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit. J. Mark McVey performed with Hamlisch at that time.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $175 each or $1,500 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are still available. Giovanni’s is located at 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford.

The evening is billed as “Songs and Stories of Strength and Inspiration.” A highlight of every Benefit is a segment where past clients tell their stories of recovery. In addition, Rosecrance will award its highest honor, the Castle Award, to someone who has contributed in an exemplary fashion to the mission of help, hope and recovery.

Lynne Vass, Sr. VP of Development for Rosecrance, said many in the Benefit audience asked for an encore from McVey, who received stellar reviews for his performance with Hamlisch. This year’s program will feature selections from the well-loved repertoire of Hamlisch, who died last year.

“Mark was a big hit when he performed at our benefit, and he welcomed the opportunity to return with Christy to support our cause,” Vass said. “They both understand our mission, and their musical program will be inspirational and uplifting.”

The goal of the annual Foundation Benefit is to support The Kinley Charity Care Fund. The fund provides care for adolescents and adults whose families need financial help for treatment of substance use and/or mental health disorders.

Last year, The Kinley Fund provided assistance to a record 324 families who needed financial help for treatment. The fund serves children, adolescents and adults.

John Griffin, chairman of the Foundation Board, expressed gratitude for the generosity of benefactors in the community who support The Kinley Fund through the Benefit.

“Thousands of families have been helped through the years, and many lives have been saved and permanently changed because of caring people in this community,” Griffin said. “Our troubled economy and cutbacks in government funding through the years have created pressure on many families. Support from our generous friends has allowed the miracle of recovery to happen for so many families.”

Since The Kinley Fund was established in 1984, it has provided more than $7 million in charity care to patients.

Each year, the Benefit features a gourmet meal, first-class entertainment and stories of hope told by former Rosecrance clients. The Castle Award, also part of the annual program, is named for the late Clarence and Millard Castle, a father and son whose combined service to the Rosecrance Board of Directors totaled more than 100 years. The 2013 Castle Award will honor the legacy of the Rosecrance family.

For information about tickets or sponsorships, call Lynne Vass at 815.387.5602 or email

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