Blackout Party raises money for local charities

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Last night was the 8th Blackout Party fundraiser, featuring Soul Review and Harlan Jefferson.

A portion of all the money raised at the six-hour event will go to the Lupus Flare Fighters of Rockford and 100 Strong Community Safe House.

The event started as a normal party, but organizers said they wanted to use it to help the community.

Last year, the event raised around $4,500. That money was donated to Washington Park after-school programs and Patriot Gateway.

"My sister picked Lupus because I have a lot of family and friends who are affected by it, so that's why we picked that. Then we did a poll on Facebook for other organizations, and a lot of people picked 100 strong because they're hands-on with the youth; they give them something to do, so we thought that was a good organization to donate to," said Event Promoter Vincent Rideout.