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Danni Allen to sing at Libertyville cancer care benefit concert

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  • Wheeling's "Biggest Loser" winner Danni Allen lost 121 pounds on the NBC television reality show. Allen will sing at "Advocate Condell Rocks the Cure" benefit.

       Wheeling's "Biggest Loser" winner Danni Allen lost 121 pounds on the NBC television reality show. Allen will sing at "Advocate Condell Rocks the Cure" benefit.
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Besides a determination to get healthy and lose weight, Wheeling resident Danni Allen can carry a tune.

The winning contestant on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" television show will throw her vocal weight around Saturday at a benefit concert for cancer care hosted by Advocate Condell Medical Center.

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Allen will appear as a special guest at "Advocate Condell Rocks the Cure" at the Austin's Saloon Fuel Room, 841 Peterson Road, Libertyville. The show is 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Attendees must be 21 or over.

The event, which features the rock bands of two guitar-playing hospital executives, had already been planned. Allen's father had been treated at Advocate Condell for a heart condition and his situation was a force in her participation in the weight loss show, said Josh McColough, manager of public affairs and marketing. Also, Allen attended Mundelein High School and is familiar with the area.

"She was more than happy to do this, and it turns out she's a really great singer," McColough said.

Allen is expected to perform lead vocals on several songs including Pat Benatar's '80s anthem "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."

"I love singing, and this concert is for such a good cause," Allen said in a news release.

Scott Powder, a Vernon Hills resident and senior vice president of strategic growth and planning at Advocate Health Care, and Matt Primack, vice president of clinical institutes and business development at Advocate Condell, came up with the idea for a concert to benefit the Cancer Care program.

Powder's Mid Life Crisis and Primack's McLovin bands will perform.

"It should be a great night of music from two high energy bands," Powder said.

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