Maggie Mae & The Heartland Country Band were joined by Leroy “Elvis” Peterson and played to a sold-out auditorium in Pittsville, WI on Saturday, April 13th. The concert, sponsored by WWIS radio, was a benefit event to raise funds for The Highground Veterans Memorial Park. Over $11,500, after expenses, was raised by the concert through ticket purchases, donations and the sale of raffle tickets.
The concert, at the beautiful Pittsville Area Foundation for the Arts auditorium at the Pittsville High School, was a wonderful mix of toe-tapping high energy country music, well-loved gospel songs and a great deal of pure fun! Maggie Mae honored military veterans during several moments and with many songs during the show. Leroy Peterson put on a great show with contagious enthusiasm and spot-on renditions of songs by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and other classic country artists. Leroy is developing a large following for his performances and is a joy to watch and hear!
After intermission, Jon Weiler, The Highground Executive Director, presented Maggie Mae & Roger Hilliard with a “Friends of The Highground” plaque along with gifts for her and the band (Leroy received his earlier in the show!) for their generous support of The Highground during the past several years. Jon let the audience know of an extraordinary event that will be happening in 2019; the Heroes Ride – a 1700 mile bicycle ride by Tom Kingsbury across Wisconsin spreading awareness and information on the struggle against PTSD and Veteran Suicide. The Highground staff announced the winners of the framed art door prize (Shirley Jacobson of Wisconsin Rapids, WI) and the winner of the Eagle Statue raffle was Shelly Sebold of Marshfield.
The Highground will use the funds raised by the concert to continue and expand its PTSD book availability and other Veterans programs. More information on the many exciting events happening at the Highground can be found at www.thehighground.us