2017’s third annual CoreyFest takes place Thursday, November 2nd at the Royale Nightclub in Boston’s theater district. CoreyFest is the annual fundraiser for hosted by Corey C. Griffin Foundation to benefit its many “Corey’s Kids” programs. This event sells out every year and has featured nationally known acts such as Lo Cash and David Nail. Almost 1200 people attended the event in 2016. This year, Old Dominion is the headliner, bringing a fresh country sound to the stage that will also appeal to rock and pop fans. Their current album has risen quickly to the #2 on the Billboard charts and the first release “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” has already reached #1 status nationwide. Old Dominion is from Nashville and has toured with major country stars like Kenny Chesney. Solo artist Alec MacGillivray and the band Dalton and the Sheriffs will also play. Each has a unique, modern take on country music with some New England flavor. Alec MacGillivray and Dalton and the Sheriffs have played every CoreyFest and have donated their time and talents to this event!
The Royale Nightclub is the perfect backdrop for CoreyFest. The former opera house has been transformed into Boston’s largest entertainment venue. It retains historic charm while also having the latest technology available for shows. Executive Director of the Corey Foundation, Melissa Bowman, is excited about this year’s show. “General Admission is really fun...GA tickets can get almost right up to the stage,” she says. Concertgoers won’t have to go far to get a drink, either. The bar is close to the stage. And for those who prefer a more intimate experience, VIP tickets are available. They include an open bar, appetizers and private balcony seats. All funds raised at the event will go towards funding the initiatives that the Corey Foundation supports.
One way the Corey Foundation honors Corey Griffin’s legacy of philanthropy is by partnering with the Ron Burton Training Village. This rural camp is located in Hubbardston, Massachusetts and runs programs year round. The children who attend it learn academic, leadership, fitness and character building skills. Another initiative sponsored by the Corey Foundation is the Corey C. Griffin Memorial Scholarship, offered many scholarships to the Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. The Corey C. Griffin Scholarships are for graduating seniors. Both scholarships are given to students who exemplify the values of faith, compassion and a dedication to family and friends which Corey Griffin demonstrated. Mike Greeley talked about the camp and school on Boston’s Dirty Water TV. “Both organizations provide incredible support to inner city kids...incredible environments..these are unbelievable kids whose potential would blow your mind away.” The Corey Foundation depends on its generous sponsors to put on CoreyFest and raise money to support these initiatives, among many others.
Suffolk Construction, an innovator in the construction industry with locations across the country, is sponsoring the event through its giving arm, Suffolk Cares. They give not only funds, but also volunteer manpower for charitable causes. There is still time to help sponsor CoreyFest. The Corey Foundation may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or interested parties may visit the event website at www.coreyfest.com. Sponsors, volunteers and festival attendees will enjoy an incredible night, all for a good cause. It is sure to be, in the words of the Alec MacGillivray song, “Wild and Crazy!”