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Collin Raye to perform at annual LaGrange Twp. firefighters concert

Country music performer Collin Raye has agreed to perform at the annual LaGrange Township Fire Fighter Association Country concert March 9. PHOTO PROVIDED

Country music performer Collin Raye has agreed to perform at the annual LaGrange Township Fire Fighter Association Country concert March 29. PHOTO PROVIDED

LAGRANGE — Country music singer Collin Raye will be the featured performer during the annual LaGrange Township Fire Fighter Association Country concert.

Two shows, one at 6 p.m. and another at 8:30 p.m. will be March 29 at the old Keystone Middle School gym, 301 Liberty St., LaGrange.

Tickets are $18 each and will go on sale Monday at the Fire Department, on the square in LaGrange.

LaGrange Township volunteer firefighter George Klocek has been spearheading the country concert event for several years.

In the past, the association has showcased country singers such as T.G. Sheppard and the country group Blackhawk.

When deciding on this year’s performer, Klocek said Raye was not only in the organization’s price range, but was well-known on the country music scene during the 1990s.

“Everyone seems to know him,” Klocek said.

According to Raye’s website, the country music singer rose to fame with hit songs “I Can Still Feel You,” “That’s My Story” and “I Want you Bad.”

With 24 top 10 records, 16 No. 1 hits and having been a 10-time male vocalist of the year nominee, Raye has been called a “truly electrifying performer of his era” who remains one of the greatest voices.

Klocek said he has been fielding phone calls from interested spectators wanting to know when tickets will be available for the show.

“Tickets go on sale Monday, but everyone is asking about him,” Klocek said.

LaGrange Village Fire Chief James Rader said the country concert is the biggest fundraising event for the department.

In the past, the group has used the money to purchase an equipment truck, 25 pagers for all volunteers to carry and a roof ventilation chainsaw.

Additionally, the association has established an injured firefighter fund with proceeds from the annual fundraiser.

“We (the association) purchase equipment and donate it to the Fire Department. Right now we are looking to buy a thermal imagery camera to use during fire attacks and search and rescue,” Rader said. For more information, call (440) 355-4591.