Oak Ridge Boys donate concert tickets
The Oak Ridge Boys are feeling Janesville's pain.
Members of the Grammy-winning group donated 500 free tickets to its Wednesday concert at the MetroCentre in Rockford, Ill., after they heard the autoworkers here soon will be laid off, especially so near to Christmas.
The GM plant will stop production of SUVs on Dec. 23.
The Oak Ridge Boys were in Rockford on Friday to promote their Christmas concert when they heard about the impending shutdown while appearing on local morning television broadcasts.
They are giving the tickets in hopes of providing some holiday cheer.
"We've seen this type of news from many places in our travels across the country, but when we heard about this and the timing of it all, with the plant closing just before Christmas, we just knew we had to do whatever we could to try to bring some Christmas spirit to these folks," said Oak Ridge Boys tenor Joe Bonsall.
"Our hearts and prayers are with them and all who are facing tough times in this economic climate."
The Oak Ridge Boys, whose many hits include "Elvira," "Thank God for Kids" and "Bobbie Sue" will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with their Christmas Cookies Tour.
Tickets were being distributed today throughout the GM plant.
Tickets for the concert can be purchased online at www.metrocentre.com or by phone at (815) 968-5222.