27th Annual Evening of Stars Tickets Are On Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale for the American Red Cross of Central & Southern Illinois Evening of Stars on November 9, 2022 at ISU’s Brown Ballroom.

This year the Evening of Stars will feature America’s Got Talent Finalist and NFL Pro Bowl Player, Jon Dorenbos! Attendees will be treated to a special performance as Jon Dorenbos shares his incredible life story and encouraging message via mind-blowing, world class magic. Check out some of his past performances here.

General admission is $200 per ticket, which includes dinner and Dorenbos’ magic performance. The Red Carpet Experience is $750 for a pair of tickets to the VIP reception, dinner and Dorenbos’ magic performance. Purchase your tickets HERE

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