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KidsMatter showcase concert raises money to fight drug deaths

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  • Gina Glocksen, an "American Idol" finalist from Naperville, will headline KidsMatter's Ignite the Nite concert to raise money for the ParentsMatter Too program. The showcase also features more than 100 Naperville high school students.

      Gina Glocksen, an "American Idol" finalist from Naperville, will headline KidsMatter's Ignite the Nite concert to raise money for the ParentsMatter Too program. The showcase also features more than 100 Naperville high school students.
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By Deb Newman
For KidsMatter

The third annual KidsMatter Ignite the Nite benefit showcase concert will raise money for ParentsMatter Too, an initiative to help parents help their kids avoid making life-threatening choices.

As deaths of young people from heroin and other substances have risen in Naperville and DuPage County, ParentsMatter Too was launched to put the expertise, knowledge and resources of local professionals and parents who have lost children in the hands of parents seeking reliable information and support.

Ignite the Nite: Out of the Darkness, Into the Light will showcase the music, dance and theatrical talents of more than 100 high school students from Naperville Unit District 203, Indian Prairie Unit District 204 and Benet Academy. The concert will be highlighted by Naperville singer and American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen and the Pete Ellman Big Band featuring Student All-Stars.

The concert will honor retired DuPage Children's Museum President Sue Broad and the Ron Buonauro family for their service to the Naperville community.

"This year, we want to emphasize the critical role that parents can play in the choices of our young people. In 22 years at the children's museum, Sue Broad has provided opportunities for parents and children to explore choices and decision-making together," said KidsMatter Executive Director IdaLynn Wenhold.

"Ron and Tina Marie Buonauro modeled philanthropy for their family through the many fundraisers they held to support youth health and development throughout our community."

Ignite the Nite begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The concert will be preceded by a VIP benefit reception. A silent auction before and throughout the concert will offer the opportunity to bid on unique experiences for young people and adults.

Tickets, ranging from $12 to $75, are available through the Wentz box office, online at finearts.northcentralcollege.edu/ticket-information or by calling (630) 637-7469.

KidsMatter is a Naperville-based, not-for-profit organization that equips youth and families with tools to manage the stress of everyday life through dynamic school and community programs, practical education, resources and youth recognition.

The group fosters partnerships with parents, educators and an extensive network of community resources to help kids and families thrive. For information, visit kidsmatter2us.org.

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