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Little River Band coming to Muncie

Nov 21

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from The Star Press

Meridian Health Services is bringing Little River Band — a 1970s soft rock group that produced 13 Top 40 hits — to Muncie for Rialzo VI.


Rialzo, Italian for “to elevate or rise above,” is Meridian’s annual black-tie charity gala to raise funds, hope and the organization’s profile.

Previous performers have included The Pointer Sisters, Kool and The Gang and Three Dog Night.

Little River Band’s hits include “Reminiscing,” “Lady,” “Lonesome Loser,” and “Help is on its Way.”

If you don’t think you know those songs, then “hang on, help is on the way” with these lyrics:

“Have you heard about the lonesome loser ... beaten by the queen of hearts every time?”

“So lady, let me take a look at you now ... don’t be thinking that I don’t want you, ‘cause maybe I do.”

“We’ll go dancing in the dark, walking through the park and reminiscing.”

Rialzo attendance has increased from 350 in 2010 to 950 at this year’s event.

In addition to Little River Band, Rialzo VI, to be staged on April 11, 2015, will include a performance by Life of the Party, a 13-piece contemporary and dance band.

Cost of admission is $175 a person, which includes a 10-course meal and entertainment by local partners including Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

“It’s seven hours of fun,” said Beth Clark, marketing director at Meridian.

Rialzo has raised more than $200,000 for the nonprofit Meridian and its partners.

Brent Webster, a senior vice president at First Merchants Corp., a sponsor of Rialzo, noted that both Meridian and First Merchants started locally and have expanded throughout the state.

Meridian served 16,500 patients in 33 counties during its latest fiscal year. It provides physical, mental and social health services, including women’s health; primary medical care for families and children, psychiatric service to hospitalized seniors, addictions therapy; help to kids struggling in school; kids in need of special homes; people born with mental challenges; people dependent on public assistance who need job independence; and HIV patients.

Meridian’s spectrum of health care keeps growing, Webster said.

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