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United Way Battle of the Corporate Bands set for Oct. 7 at the Old Rock House


ST. LOUIS — The 11th annual United Way Battle of the Corporate Bands will be held Friday, Oct. 7, at the Old Rock House, 1200 S. Seventh St.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for a minimum donation of $8 or in advance from United Way or any of the participating bands for a minimum donation of $5. Tickets also are available online at The online system is powered by Simplify Commerce by MasterCard, a payment acceptance platform based in St. Louis.

This year’s event brings five of St. Louis’ finest corporate bands together to raise awareness and donations for the annual United Way campaign, which runs until November. All proceeds benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis and will stay in our 16-county region. Last year, United Way raised more than $74.3 million. This year, United Way hopes to raise $75 million to continue helping one in three people in our region annually.

“The Battle of the Corporate Bands is one of our favorite annual events, providing the community an opportunity to enjoy great bands while supporting United Way and the St. Louis region,” said Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “The bands always kick it up a notch for these shows, and the community has responded with bigger, more enthusiastic crowds every year. We’re looking forward to a memorable evening as the battle of the bands enters its second decade.”

This year’s bands are Not for a Billion from Daugherty Business Solutions, Grateful Ted from Edward Jones, True from FleishmanHillard, the MasterChords from MasterCard and Driven to Excess from Safety National.

The ten previous battles have raised more than $133,000 for United Way of Greater St. Louis. The winner of the annual battle is the band that raises the most money. Safety National’s Driven to Excess is the reigning champion after narrowly beating Daugherty Business Solutions’ Not for a Billion at the donation box last year.

“We are excited to be a part of this year’s Battle of the Corporate Bands, not only to rock out with the other bands, but also to show our support for the United Way,” said Patrick McManus, Edward Jones Financial Advisor and Grateful Ted band member. “We look forward to seeing a big – and generous – crowd turn out on Oct. 7.”

Members of the five bands include:

Not for a Billion, featuring employees from Daugherty Business Solutions:
Ron Daugherty of Creve Coeur, Mo.; president and CEO; harmonica and vocals
Becky Fuqua of Manchester, Mo.; St. Louis branch operations manager; vocals
Greg Fey of Waterloo; senior consultant; keyboards
Lauren Hilton of St. Louis; consultant; vocals
John Williams of Eureka, Mo.; senior consultant; lead guitar
Mike Sallee of Kirkwood, Mo.; mobility architect; rhythm guitar
Julie Moore of Creve Coeur, Mo.; senior director; drums

Grateful Ted, featuring employees from Edward Jones:
Doug Cissell of St. Louis.; financial advisor; lead guitar
Jenni Hunt of St. Louis.; financial advisor; keyboards
Pat McManus of St. Louis.; financial advisor; guitar/bass
Phil Munsterman of St. Louis.; financial advisor; guitar/bass
Chad Schaffer of St. Louis.; financial advisor; drums
Randy Stahl of St. Louis.; financial advisor; vocals
Dustin West of St. Louis.; financial advisor; vocals

True, featuring employees from FleishmanHillard:
Jason Hillery of Godfrey.; senior vice president and partner; bass, vocals
Julie Kellett of Florissant, Mo.; executive coordinator; vocals
Caroline Murray of St. Louis.; assistant account executive; vocals
Marty Richter of Collinsville.; senior vice president; guitar, vocals
Hank Burge of Edwardsville; friend of the band; drums

Driven to Excess, featuring employees from Safety National:
Ed Breight of Manchester, Mo.; assistant vice president; lead guitar
Casey Govero of Ballwin, Mo.; programmer analyst II; keyboards
Lyle Bruney of St. Peters, Mo.; master developer; drums/percussion
Greg Morris of Alton.; bi report writer; bass
Heather Fehl of Fenton, Mo.; assistant psa operations; vocals
Samantha Wagner of O’Fallon, Mo; premium auditor; vocals

The MasterChords, featuring employees from MasterCard:
Adrian LePique of St. Peters, Mo.; senior business analyst; trumpet
Bill Marchlewski of O’Fallon, Mo.; consultant; guitar
Bryce Zucker of Brentwood, Mo.; senior business analyst; percussion/drums
Don Wortham of O’Fallon, Mo.; business leader; vocals
Jonathan Frech of St. Charles, Mo.; business leader; guitar
Kristie Jones of Maryland Heights, Mo.; senior engineer; vocals
Leland Crenshaw of St. Charles, Mo.; senior systems programmer; guitar
Mark Herron or Maryland Heights, Mo.; specialist customer services; bass
Micah Ward of Troy, Mo.; senior security analyst; percussion/drums
Mike Menke of Wildwood, Mo.; leader; vocals

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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