HARRISBURG – Southern Illinois-based All American Pro Wrestling will be hosting a special benefit show to support victims of last month’s deadly tornado in Saline County.
AAPW, the region’s premier professional wrestling organization, has been built upon a foundation of community support. The company began in 2006 with a fundraising show to support the victims of a house fire in Herrin.
“The devastation and destruction caused by the tornadoes is still hard to believe,” said Chris Hagstrom, promoter and executive producer for AAPW. “We know the recovery process will be long and slow, and we want to do even the smallest part to help out.”
AAPW is partnering with Southern Illinois Relief, the non-profit organization spearheading Hands Across Harrisburg, to present a special matinee show at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. The Hands Across Harrisburg event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Harrisburg and will feature musicians performing on three stages, games, a silent auction, vendors and more.
Admission to the event is $10 with proceeds supporting the recovery effort.
“We at Southern Illinois Relief are really excited to have All American Pro Wrestling be part of this event,” said Patrick Beasley, president of the organization. “It really means a lot to the people in the communities who have been affected in the last few months. AAPW will be providing entertainment for people of all ages.”
Stars scheduled to appear at the show include AAPW Heavyweight Champion Edmund “Livewire” McGuire, AAPW Tag Team Champions Matt Cage and Christian Rose of Team Overkill, Heath Hatton, Team XXX of Jay Spade and Joey O’Riley, “The Masterpiece” Mike Masters, Elitism of Brandon Espinosa and Ace Hawkins and more.
For those unable to attend the event, donations toward the recovery effort can be mailed to Southern Illinois Relief at PO Box 116, Pittsburg, IL 62974.
More details on the April 14 event can be found online at http://www.facebook.com/HandsAcrossHarrisburg.