27th Annual Red Cross Evening of Stars

March 18, 2020 – The American Red Cross annual Evening of Stars fundraiser that was scheduled for April 29 in Uptown Normal has been postponed due to the coronavirus. A new event date will be announced soon. Tickets purchased will be valid for the new date. If you are unable to attend on the new date, your ticket will be refunded.

WJBC invites you to the American Red Cross of Central & Southern Illinois Evening of Stars on April 29, 2020 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Purchase your tickets HERE.

This year the Evening of Stars will feature Country Singer and Actor Trace Adkins! Trace Adkins is best known for his musical career with hits including (This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing, Ladies Love Country Boys and You’re Gonna Miss This. His acting career consists of appearances in The Lincoln Lawyer, Mom’s Night Out and I Can Only Imagine, he also voices Elvin, a recurring character on King of the Hill.

The program will feature dinner, a talk given by Trace Adkins and a live performance!

For more info visit the Facebook Event


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