The community is invited to come out for a rockin’ evening with Dennis Quaid and The Sharks to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties, 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Topa Mountain Winery, 821 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
Rock the Wish presented by Earl Minnis opens with local group Girls with Guitars, featuring Cindy Kalmenson, Patricia Avis and Natalie Gelman, followed by headliner Dennis Quaid and The Sharks at 6:30 p.m. The evening continues with an outdoor screening of The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid at 8 p.m.
This event, for those age 21 and over, will include local food trucks and wine-by-the-glass specials.
Dennis Quaid and The Sharks, which specializes in rock ‘n’ roll and country-soul, have been performing for thousands of fans and receiving rave reviews. Quaid is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist; he plays original as well as classic hits such as “Spill the Wine” and “Gloria.”
Quaid said the shows are as much fun for those in attendance as they are for the band. “(The audiences) have a blast, which is all we want,” he said.
A philanthropist as well as actor and rock star, Quaid said he is especially excited to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties by playing with his band at Rock the Wish. Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties grants magical wishes to local children battling life-threatening medical conditions.
“We are so excited for this fun new event and to have Dennis Quaid and the Sharks support Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties is just amazing,” said CEO Pattie Mullins.
Each year more than 80 wishes are granted to children in need across Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties, and the vision is to continue to grant the wish of every eligible child with the help of community supporters and donors.
When Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties provides a child with his/her one true wish, it unites the entire family and brings them hope, strength and joy. Wishes are powerful medicine for the soul and provide a respite from the day-to-day medical concerns, and serve as a reminder to a child that anything is possible — even the future.
Ticket prices range from $40-$60 with all ticket proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties. To buy tickets, visit https://rockthewishojai.eventbrite.com.
For more information about Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties, contact David Edelman, 805-252-3786 or Pattie Mullins, 805-676- 9474. For more about Topa Mountain Winery, contact Jackie Franklin, 805-640-1190 ext. 202.
— David Edelman for Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties.