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Rock concert to benefit Wauconda Township

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A concert, a charity and coats: What do they all have in common? STAR's Fall Fest Rock Concert, of course.

The Wauconda-based not-for-profit organization Sharing Time and Resources (STAR) will host its annual Fall Fest from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Golf Farm, 2100 N. Route 12 in Wauconda. This family-oriented charity rock concert, featuring the band Unnatural Act, will benefit the Wauconda Township's Coats for Kids drive.

So where do you fit in, besides enjoying the festival? STAR, which is a volunteer-run organization that was registered as a charitable foundation in 2003 by Progressive Components in Wauconda, is seeking new or gently used children's coats, which will then be donated to the coat drive.

Anyone who brings a coat will receive a free raffle ticket, up to a maximum of five per person. Adult-sized coats for needy senior citizens in Wauconda Township will also be accepted.

"One thing we found out is that, last year, when Wauconda Township conducted its Coats for Kids drive, they had about 267 coats to give away, said Cynthia Kustush, public relations coordinator at Progressive Components, who also volunteers with STAR.

"Families were lined up and, not surprisingly, it took only about seven minutes to give them all away. Unfortunately, there were still children in line who needed warm coats. It's STAR's mission this year to make sure that every child who needs a coat leaves with one, so we really need the support of the community.

Raffle tickets will be sold at the festival for $5 each or five for $20. The raffle features an array of prizes, many of which were donated by companies in Lake County. Prizes include a wine-tasting party and gift certificates to various restaurants in Wauconda. The grand prize is a 42-inch flat screen TV. Winners do not have to be present to win.

The festival also features food, beverages, mini golf and more.

Admission to the event is $10 per person in advance (includes a free raffle ticket) or $15 per person at the door. Tickets are available at Golf Farm or by contacting Lisa Grendel at (847) 487-1000, ext. 550, or e-mailing

For more information about STAR, visit