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Rick Springfield coming to Muncie

Nov 22

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from The Star Press

MUNCIE — The fundraising gala for Meridian Health Services has welcomed high-energy, well-known acts to their event and the 2014 Rialzo is no exception.

Eighties rocker Rick Springfield will headline this year’s annual event, following past acts such as Kool & the Gang, Pointer Sisters, Three Dog Night and the Fifth Dimension.

“We’ve always said this is a party with a purpose and it continues to be that way. What better way to have fun then to know the money you’re spending is going to a good cause? And, Rick Springfield, he’ll be a lot of fun,” said Scott Smalstig, vice president of funddevelopment for Meridian. “We felt he was a good fit for what we do in the community.”

Rialzo V will be held in Horizon Convention Center on April 12, 2014. Tickets are $150 a person and can be bought online at www.meridianhs.org/Rialzo.

This past year, Rialzo netted more than $80,000 in profit, with proceeds going toward Meridian’s “Wheeling for Healing” behavioral health program, improvements to their Gero-Psych unit for senior citizens, the Foster Hope programs for families with foster children and the Shelter Plus Care transitional housing program for the area’s homeless.

“I can say at Meridian, when we see something that needs to be done, we do it,” said Decil Moore, a coordinator of the Foster Hope program. “We’re always excited with Rialzo because it helps us do so many things we need to do.”

Rialzo organizers hope Springfield will help bring more people to the event and also call attention to the need for behavioral and medical health services in the community.

Springfield saw his star rise in the 1980s with hits such as “Jesse’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Human Touch” maintaining a place on the Billboard charts for weeks at a time. His performance on the popular soap opera “General Hospital” was also a big hit with fans.

But in recent decades, he has sought help for a drug addiction and publicly addressed his battles with depression, a move to help end the stigma against seeking help.

“We’re hoping we can spend some time with (Springfield) ... maybe we can have him speak to a couple of people,” Smalstig said. “A lot of people will be excited to see him and maybe learn from him.”


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