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Pink Alley Rally: A night of music for good cause

The Cal Stage Band will be one of the four bands performing June 8 at the Pink Alley Rally behind Champs Sports Bar and Grill and The Depot.
The Cal Stage Band will be one of the four bands performing June 8 at the Pink Alley Rally behind Champs Sports Bar and Grill and The Depot.

STERLING – Looking for a night of local music?

Look no further than the alley behind Champs Sports Bar and Grill and The Depot.

The Pink Alley Rally on June 8 is a fundraiser for Team Underwires, a local nonprofit organization that raises money to benefit local breast cancer programs.

The rally is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the group, second only to its signature Proud to Wear Pink! motorcycle ride in August.

The rally, in its fourth year, features four local bands – Noyz Boyz, Poison Apple, New Shoes and The Cal Stage Band – food vendors and raffles all in the alley and the adjacent parking lot near the bars, 216 and 214 Locust St.

Raffles include a 50/50 raffle and another raffle for a motorcycle, an ATV and $500. (Only the $500 winner will be drawn at the rally. The motorcycle and ATV winners will be drawn at the motorcycle ride in August, although tickets to win those prizes will be sold at the rally.)

“It’s just a great evening of local talent ... for a great cause,” said Sandi Ivey, president and co-founder of Team Underwires. “It’s a fun evening to socialize, too.”

The event runs from 5 p.m. to midnight. Attendees must be 21 or older to enter.

Admission is $5, and all proceeds go to Team Underwires to benefit their selected local charities – The CGH Health Foundation, Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Centers and Hospice of the Rock River Valley.

“It’s so good for the community,” said Denny Strader, owner of Champs. “All the money stays local to help local people.”

Team Underwires, founded in 2008, has raised more than $300,000 for local charities to provide health care services for uninsured and underinsured men and women with breast health issues.

Support Team Underwires

Team Underwires is a local nonprofit organization that supports local charities that, in turn, help local people who are uninsured or underinsured and have breast health issues.

Go to for more information, including a calendar of upcoming events.

To donate, send checks payable to Team Underwires, to P.O. Box 141, Sterling, IL 61081.

Questions? Call Sandi Ivey at 815-441-4458; Jane Workman at 815-626-1213; or Angie Delhotal at 815-499-9566.

The lineup

Four local bands are playing the Pink Alley Rally. They are:

Noyz Boyz

Type of music: Classic rock and blues

Members: Mike Duerst, lead vocals; Kevin Shull, bass guitar; Terry Eaglin, lead guitar and vocals; and Ramiro Martinez, drums

Poison Apple

Type of music: Rock and country

Members: Mandy Lance, lead vocals; Jason Near, lead guitar; John Eich, bass guitar; Josh Waller, guitar and vocals; and Rich Markwardt, drums.

New Shoes

Type of music: Classic rock

Members: Danny Ivey, lead guitar and vocals; Tom McDivitt, bass and vocals; Mel White, rhythm guitar and vocals; and Tim Keefer, drums and vocals

The Cal Stage Band

Type of music: Country and rock

Members: Cal Stage, lead vocals and acoustic guitar; John Thayer, lead guitar and vocals; Joe Kodak, guitar and vocals; Chris Lauts, bass guitar; and Nate Schmidt, drums

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