We are counting down to the BEST night of the year! Party on Purpose is a little over a month away! The planning team and the staff at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds are working hard to get ready for this HUGE annual event in support of Almost Home at St John's. We were excited to tour the campus of St John's this week to see the progress on the expansion project that will allow them to host up to FIVE families at a time!!!! Here's a picture we took.
Yup, that's drywall AND even primer on the walls! These are exciting days for all who believe in this work of accompanying homeless fathers with children in Greater Dubuque! Things may be quiet at the shelter now (well, except for all of the construction that is) but soon the halls will echo with hope! We hope you will join us and show your generosity for our community on June 23rd.
It's a Party (in a new spot!)
We are moving to a bigger and better venue for 2023! Join us at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds in the amazing, beautiful, wonderful GRAND BALLROOM!!!! We'll have a big stage, TWO bands, and a HUGE dance floor! Also of note, there will be a cash bar, amazing food, a silent auction, 50/50 raffles, and fun activities.
SEE YOU JUNE 23, 2023 in Dubuque!!!!
Special Guest Announced!
Iowa Hawkeye great, Marvin McNutt, will be with us early in the event to address the crowd and provide autographs and take pictures. We are incredibly grateful to Gary Dolphin's Iron Bar for sponsoring Marvin's appearance.
Online Giving Option Live
Big news, the online giving option is now live via GoFundMe! You can give now and beat the summer rush. Thanks for supporting the emergency shelter project and helping to get kids off the streets and in a safe environment. Visit the GIVE NOW page to get started.
Band Meetings and Prep
Band meetings happen in a unique way, over video conferencing. We're meeting online to talk about the music, making important choices like who sings what and who plays where. You know, band stuff. Lots of laughs and, of course, it goes to 11!
98 days until the big show! 95 days until the band starts rehearsing in person for the first time in two years. (feel free to offer up a prayer for us, lol)
Can we talk about the event a bit more? Sure! The venue is on campus at a real Dubuque castle aka Wartburg Seminary and on the quad outdoors. It's an amazing place for a party!!! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and your appetite for some amazing food provided by food trucks with tons of goodies available for sale (hey, it is a fundraiser after all). There's a silent auction that is building up to be something awesome! Tons of great donations by local businesses ready for your bid!
It's all for a GREAT cause! Almost Home is an emergency shelter for dads with kids. The only one within several hours drive of Dubuque. A place where dads can get back on their feet AND provide a safe space for their children to thrive. We're all in and we hope you will be too!
That's the update or today. We can't wait!!!!
We have a location!
Party on Purpose II (the second one) will take place on the quad on campus at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA on Friday, June 10, 2022! We can't wait to have you join us for some classic rock, blues, and BBQ!
Event website: https://www.partyonpurpose.org
Seriously, this is happening!
Well, it's been a minute, but we are coming back for Party On Purpose II (the second one) in June! It'll be here before you know it, so mark your calendars today.
Though we won't have an official announcement for venue until next week, we can tell you that we are working on a giant offset smoker for some killer BBQ to go with live music, a silent auction, and tons of fun stuff for all of our guests. If all goes as we hope, we'll be outdoors for the event!
The band that goes to 11 will rock your face off, as always. But this year we are adding a full horn section. We know, right? WOW! So we'll be covering some more blues and some of your favorite classic rock tunes. Come dance the night away with all of us!
Anyway, we can't wait to take it to 11 for all of you in June of 2022!
We're BACK! (We hope)
Your favorite band that goes to ELEVEN is at work on a FALL 2021 event! Stay tuned, as soon as we have news to share we will.
We have a location!
We are SUPER excited to announce that we have a new venue for Party on Purpose
The Historic Hotel Julien located in Dubuque, Iowa.
We Have a New Bandmate!
We are super stoked to announce that long-time friend of the 11 the Band, Evan LeFloch, will be joining us for our 2020 tour. Evan of Smallfish Adventures, has been a professional musician for most of his life and is based out of the Tampa Bay area of Florida. We can't wait to add his nimble fingers to the band and for you to meet him in person. Welcome, Evan!
Mostly from Sticks, but hey, I'm not all hung up on being the only one in the band to announce things.