Thursday, August 25, 2011


Lake Geneva, WI – Legendary rock band Pearl Jam is celebrating its 20 Year Anniversary by hosting a festival concert series at Alpine Valley Music Theater, WI on Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4. In honor of Pearl Jam’s momentous occasion, the Wishlist Foundation, a Pearl Jam fan nonprofit organization, will be hosting a pre-concert fundraiser on Friday, September 2, at Hemingways in Lake Geneva.

Wishlist Foundation hosts pre-concert fundraiser events across the globe to benefit organizations that Pearl Jam and its fans support. The September 2 fundraiser will benefit several local and national organizations in honor of each member of the band; Save the Turf Foundation and Tosa Skateboarders United for bassist Jeff Ament; Advocacy for Patients With Chronic Illness for lead guitarist Mike McCready; Guitars in the Classroom music education for drummer Matt Cameron; The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin for rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard; Camp Hope for keyboard player Boom Gaspar and Honor Flight veterans organization for lead singer Eddie Vedder.

The fundraiser will feature performances by Cluthe/Lee, select scenes from the play “The Faithfull”, trivia contests, karaoke, Pearl Jam themed menu, five different bars, BBQ and s’mores cookout and more. Attendees can make donations at the event and receive incentive items like Pearl Jam inspired t-shirts, posters, wristbands, mouse pads and ticket albums and can enter raffles to win fan-donated Pearl Jam memorabilia. There will also be a silent auction that features autographed items donated by band members as well as items donated by our sponsors.

Conceived in 2004 and formalized in 2006, the Wishlist Foundation is a Pearl Jam fan nonprofit 501(c)(3) grassroots organization dedicated to supporting Pearl Jam’s charitable and philanthropic goals. Our ongoing mission is to utilize the collective ability of Pearl Jam fans around the globe to make a difference in the world. Since 2004, the Wishlist Foundation and Pearl Jam fans across the globe have together raised almost a half a million dollars to date through a variety of grassroots fundraising methods.

The festival weekend kicks off a series of commemorative events for Pearl Jam, including a ten city Canadian tour and their upcoming Cameron Crowe-directed film, Pearl Jam Twenty, which captures the band’s journey over its twenty years, along with an accompanying book and soundtrack album in September. A nine city South American tour is scheduled for November.

All ages are welcome to attend the fundraiser at Hemingways, N3270 County Hwy H, Lake Geneva, WI from 5 – 10 PM. For more information, please visit

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