Press Release: 11th Hour Hosts Philly Rocks Horsham to Raise Funds for Injured Soldier
11th Hour Hosts Philly Rocks Horsham
to Raise Funds for Injured Soldier
Rockin’ Event Set for November 11 at 8 p.m.
11th Hour Theatre Company is celebrating Veteran’s Day with a rockin’ fundraiser. The company, known for producing musicals, is holding Philly Rocks Horsham on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The fundraiser is designed to help raise money for Hatboro-Horsham Alumnus and Army Veteran Brian Finger and his family. The concert will take place at Hatboro-Horsham High School, 899 Horsham Road, Horsham. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the door, online at www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org, or by phone at 267-987-9865.
11th Hour Theatre Company presents Philly Rocks Horsham, a Veterans day concert to bring Brian’s smile back. This fundraising event will raise money for Hatboro-Horsham graduate and Army veteran (Sgt. E 5) Brian Finger and his family. It will include a rock concert featuring 11th Hour Theatre Company as well as performances from many Hatboro-Horsham Alumni and a special performance by Hatboro-Horsham’s recently retired choral director, Mr. William Naydan. The night will feature music from many of the greatest rock bands of all time including Led Zepplin, Journey, The Beatles, and many more. In addition to 11th Hour’s Philly Rocks concert, there will be a special performance by Philadelphia’s longest running comedy show, ComedySportz. The evening will also include a raffle as well as a silent auction. All proceeds from the event will go to Brian and Susan Finger.
On February 9, 2010 Brian’s MRAP was struck by a roadside IED. Brian was the gunner and suffered multiple head injuries, a broken back, cracked ribs and nerve damage to his knee and arms. The injuries to his face also caused many injuries to his teeth. After the Army handled more of the pressing body and mind injuries that occurred there was little time to handle the dental ones. Brian and his wife, Susan have been trying to get help from the military to pay for the much-needed dental work but the process is long and due to backlogs may never be fulfilled as far as dental coverage is concerned. After years of small fixes and the inability to keep these small fixes from breaking, Brian and Susan knew it was time to do something more permanent and give Brian back his quality of life. They decided to use their own funds to seek an outside dentist to ‘Bring Brian’s smile back’. In March this year Brian had surgery to replace all of his teeth with posts so that his face will not be comprised simple by dentures.
This event is very important to 11th Hour Producing Artistic Director, Michael Philip O’Brien. “In my senior year of High School, for the first time in my life (outside of a musical theatre format) I got up on stage and sang a Led Zeppelin song. It was for my senior talent show, and we put together an insane group of musicians to close out the show. I was a little unsure about what song to sing, and my friend Brian Finger, the awesome drummer of the band, said, ” You should totally sing Stairway. It will bring down the house for sure and you kind of sound like Robert Plant” – still one of the best compliment I have ever gotten. Needless to say, we did it and it was a huge hit that night. This event became the singular inspiration for what became 11th Hour’s Philly Rocks Concert, which we did for the first 10 years of our company. When I saw that Brian and Susan were trying to raise money to help Brian get his smile back, I knew that 11th Hour had to help and that this was the event to do it. I am so thrilled that we will have so many 11th Hour alum singing and hope that you will support in this effort to make Veteran’s day 2017 a great day for the Finger family! “
About 11th Hour Theatre Company 11th Hour Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization whose mission is to have an enduring impact on our community by producing musical works of theatre. We use the expertise of industry leaders and up and-coming artists to create an intimate and lasting experience with our audience.
Over the past 12 years, 11th Hour has been nominated for 55 Barrymore Awards, Philadelphia’s most prestigious theatre award. To date, our company and our artists have won 10 Barrymores including Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical, Outstanding Leading and Supporting Actor in a Musical, Outstanding Director and Musical Director as well as the prestigious F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist and the Steve and June Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theatre. 11th Hour has been hailed by Philadelphia Weekly as “Philadelphia’s Premier Producer of Musical Theatre” and won theBroadwayWorld.com award for “Theatre Company of the Year” in 2010. 11th Hour’s past productions include: Altar Boyz; The Last Five Years; RENT; Little Shop of Horrors; Reefer Madness; and Avenue X. 11th Hour performers have included multiple TONY-Nominated Broadway actors and have been seen on stages throughout Philadelphia as well as the largest theatres across the country