Cyndi Lauper headlines ‘America Salutes You’ special

America Salutes You, a concert honoring those who serve in the military, veterans and their families, will take place on Saturday, November 12th at 8 pm CT at the Rosemont Theater outside of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois. America Salutes You performers include pop legend Cyndi Lauper, country music legend Wanda Jackson, rapper Hoodie Allen, Gospel Grammy winner CeCe Winans, world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, rising country star Tegan Marie, singer/songwriter Savannah Maddison and many others.

The national anthem will be performed by Chicago’s Jim Cornelison, the tenor who sings at Chicago Blackhawks home games. Comedian Tom Dreesen will emcee the concert and celebrity presenters include actor David Eigenberg (Chicago Fire) and more to be announced.

Tickets for America Salutes You are now available online at or through Ticketmaster.

The concert will streamed via LiveStream, and worldwide TV. It will air nationally on Tribune Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Graham Media Group stations over Thanksgiving weekend as well as ION Television as the network partner and will air the concert across the US. The special will be offered to radio stations nationally by Westwood One.

Text and online fundraising will take place during the concert’s multi-platform broadcast. All donations will go to the “America Salutes You Campaign, a McCormick Foundation Fund.” All fundraising costs are covered by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. This ensures 100 percent of all funds raised will be granted to non-profit organizations helping veterans, service members and their families across the country such as: Give an Hour, ThanksUSA, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, TAPS, Snowball Express, Illinois Joining Forces and Honor Flights. The concert is entirely paid for by sponsorships; no donation money will be used for concert expenses.

America Salutes You was created by Bob Okun and will be directed by Jerry Foley.

Sponsors of the concert include Walgreens,, and The Tribune Media Charitable Foundation. Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park and Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel are the official lodging partners.


Buddy Iahn
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