Riot Fest Launches Charity Organization

posted by Dan Murphy on November 18, 2014

Riot Fest 2014 by Laura Baker-Finch

Chicago, Illinois -- Organizers for Riot Fest have launched a nonprofit charitable organization separate from the festival. Although its particular goals are somewhat vague at this point, the Riot Fest Foundation aims to bring RF's community work into the limelight. 

In an interview with Chicagoist, Riot Fest's founder Michael Petryshyn put the festival's charitable involvement into perspective. "We've been really quiet with all of the charitable things Riot Fest has done in the past, namely because these things generally have a tendency of looking like someone tooting their own horn," he said. "But... I realized that there could be a lot more good and social awareness that could be had if we just used stepped out of the shadows a little bit."

While the RF-head didn't mention what specific charities the Foundation would be supporting, he made the organization's financial goals clear, stating he hoped to raise $500,000 for its various causes. This news came on the heels of the completion of Riot Fest's Humboldt Park restoration and the festival's donation of 600 turkeys to its hometown's holiday drive. Needless to say, the city of Chicago must be pretty happy with this festival right now. 

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