Category Archives: Local Music

Don Quijote Buffet Benefit for Homeless December 7

Sunday, December 7 from noon to 5pm, Carlos Rivero continues a nearly three decade old tradition with the Restaurante don Quijote buffet benefit this year to benefit Housing Opportunities. Carlos and his staff prepare and serve a tremendous buffet featuring a variety of traditional don Quiojote items and some specials for this event. Don Quijote donates the food and its staff donate their time so all the money raised can benefit Housing Opportunities.

Additionally support to make the event happen is provided by the Valpo High School Spanish Club. Leading up to the event they sell tickets and talk to area merchants to collect items for the silent auction, door prizes, and raffles. At the event, they host, serve, clear tables, and sell tickets for the raffles.

Since Carlos started this event in the 1990’s, it has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help homeless families in Porter County.

Tickets for the event are available at Restaurante don Quijote. Each $35 ticket includes the buffet, entertainment, entry into the door prize drawing, and the chance to participate in the silent auctions and raffle.

The event provides a wonderful portrait of our community coming together to share a meal, some fellowship, and help the homeless in our community.

TurkeyPalooza 2014 – 500 Turkeys

It’s time to start talking turkey…
500 Turkeys and TurkeyPalooza that is.

5 Band for 5 Bucks!

TurkeyPalooza 2014
July 12, 4 to 9pm
Coffee Creek Watershed

Entertainment from Chris & Lou,  Jennie Wellsand, Messiah’s Fire,  Mike Lee,  Shuree Stephanie Ruggeri
and an appearance from Ronald McDonald including a Meet & Greet with Ronald from 5 to 6pm.

Kids Zone
Bounce house sponsored by Bounce n Around

Games and Face-painting.


Food for Purchase from:

  • Hungry INC
  • Whats up Dawg
  • Designer Desserts
  • Valpo Velvet

All proceeds raised are used to feed 800 families for Thanksgiving.

Thank You in advance for supporting 500 Turkeys!

For more information
219-531-7777 x105

Benefit Concert for The Barbers

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Friday night, Nov. 15, Daniel Doss and Jennie Wellsand are in concert at Calvary Church, Valparaiso. Doors open at 6:30pm.

The concert is a benefit for Angie and Brian Barber as they move to the Dominican Republic to serve and spread the message of God’s love!

Great Concert! Greater Cause!!


Call Out to Help Other’s Callings

It was great to catch up with Jennie Wellsand on Friday morning and we debuted a brand new single “Hope is Rising”!Click to get the flyer

Jennie is planning a return trip to Africa as part of the Field of Dreams Uganda ministry she is serving. You can help make it happen and enjoy some good eats Monday night at Chik-Fil-A. Come out for dinner between 5pm-7pm and a portion of your bill will be donated to Jennies 2014 trip. Jennie will be playing an acoustic set starting at 6pm. Get the flyer to show at the counter of Chik-Fil-A on her Facebook page.


Saturday (Nov. 9), 500 Turkeys has a benefit concert (see info below), but they the project also needs some people to step up and help with collecting food to help round out the meals for the community in need. It sounds like more than 700 families are in line to receive a meal this year, but there are some items needed to complete each. In addition, they need volunteers to help box then help to hand out boxes to the families. Visit for information.

Help Feed Families in Northwest Indiana This Thanksgiving – 500 Turkeys

Here are a few ways for you, your family, co-workers and friends can join the effort to feed 700 families with a complete meal for Thanksgiving this year.

The Gobble Rock concert is happening November 9 at the Memorial Opera House starting at 6pm.

Featured musicians include:

There are items being collected right now to help round out the meal including

  • Aluminum foil pans big enough for a turkey
  • Gravy packets
  • Brownie Mix (for 9″x13″ pan)
  • Canned yams
  • Salt and pepper (not Salt-n-Pepa, but if you know them, maybe you could ask them to swing by for Gobble Rock)
  • Toliet paper

To see what else and where things are being collected visit