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Celebratory Event to Benefit Greater Chicago Food Depository
& Mark Third Anniversary of

February 23, 2012 – CHICAGO – On Saturday, March 3, Rockit Ranch Productions will commemorate not one – but two – major milestones with a larger than life bash at Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Chicago’s 175th Birthday and the 3rd anniversary of the company’s popular entertainment, arts & culture blog,, founded by CEO Billy Dec.

With 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting The Greater Chicago Food Depository – a not for profit food distribution and training center providing meals for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community – get ready to dust off your dancing shoes and celebrate…all for a good cause!

In addition to Chicago-themed bites and sips and a mix of the most dynamic personalities in the city’s arts, social media & philanthropic scenes, the event will truly rock with a montage of music videos from Chicago’s most celebrated artists, as well as live sets from up and comers featured on, who have gone on to receive national acclaim, including Aly Jados (American Idol and The Voice), Darin Ortmann (ABC’s Karaoke Battle USA), Kidd Russell, and more surprise performers.

“I’ve always had a passion for all things Chicago, and it’s an honor to give a platform to local newcomers and under-the-radar finds, showcasing their raw talent to the masses, who I know will appreciate them too,” says Billy Dec.  “I’m thrilled to celebrate the 175th birthday of the best city in the world, and knowing that the event will raise funds for Chicagoans in need makes it that much sweeter.”

Tickets to Chicago’s 175th Birthday Party can be purchased for $20 per person at

About The Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 66 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 135,000 meals every day. The Food Depository’s programs and services for children, older adults and the unemployed and underemployed address the root causes of hunger. For more information, log onto or call 773-247-FOOD.

About Rockit Ranch Productions

Rockit Ranch Productions is a Chicago-based restaurant and entertainment development and management company specializing in marketing, promotions, branding, public relations and operations.  Owned by partners Dec, Brad Young and Arturo Gomez, Rockit Ranch Productions operates some of Chicago’s most popular venues, Rockit Bar & Grill, a comfortable, stylish bar and grill offering elevated-yet-casual American cuisine with two locations in River North and Wrigleyville, The Underground, Chicago’s premiere, upscale, cutting-edge nightclub where every guest is a VIP and Sunda, Chicago’s comfortably stylish New Asian restaurant serving contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes from Japan, China and the Southeast Asian Island region. For more information on these venues and other projects, please visit, &


7 Responses

  1. Kimberly Gordon

    Hey BD and Co.! I would love to represent and celebrate 175 years of the wild onion!! I am a born and raised Chicagoan, product of the Chicago public schools music programs and All City alumni.
    Please consider me and peruse my press kit below:

    looking forward to hearing from you!

    Kimberly Gordon

  2. Simone Green

    The Treatment is a really cool local band that would be a great addition to the festivities. Their music is soul, R&B, blues, funk and pop. They perform songs from Aretha Franklin, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Chaka Khan, Etta James and quite a few standards. Check them out at

  3. Gail Barney

    Billy and Rockit Staff,
    Saw ur post about local entertainment for this fundraiser (great cause)…KIMI HAYES BAND would be perfect! Either full band or acoustic duo, your choice! Check her website…she really rocks!

  4. Niño Rodriguez

    It would more than an honor to contribute my art skills to Chicago’s 175th birthday party. I have been part of the Chicago mural art scene for some time and I would paint Chicago in a bright shining light and create extreme detail to show how we all contribute to the continue success of our great city.

  5. Summer Nettles

    Hey there Billy, this site is dope!! 😉 We’ve never met officially but I used to work with Nina at 1035 and now I’m over at NBC. Anywho I have a friend who REALLY wants to intern for you. He is an excellent videographer and editor. His name is Matt Sass… IS there anywhere I can send you his resume?

    -Summer Nettles


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