ECCI, American Legion Hosting Country Music Events

Last October 30—with the State of Illinois shut down due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic—ECCI co-staged the Inaugural Nashville Songwriter Fundraiser netting more than $14,000 to benefit Elmhurst American Legion THB Post 187.

This year, our Chamber and Post 187, with City of Elmhurst Explore Elmhurst Grant Program funding support, will co-host a trio of country music-themed events—highlighted by the Second Annual Nashville Songwriter Fundraiser on October 16—inside the Legion’s Normandy Banquet Room.

The Nashville Songwriter event will feature the return of country singer/songwriter Jason Sever, a native Texan who has worked the past 20 years in Music City U.S.A, as a headlining solo artist, studio musician and ensemble performer, along with two fellow performers.

The ticket cost of $85 includes alcoholic beverages, pop and snacks. Tickets will be sold online via our Chamber’s website at, starting by the end of August.

For the Nashville event, $3K Sponsors will receive a full-page display ad in the concert program, website and social media exposure, and a reserved table of 10, while $1K Sponsors will receive a half-page ad, website and social media exposure and a reserved half-table for five. Blue, Red and White Supporters levels are available for $500, $250 and $100, respectively.

In addition, Freebyrd—a local tribute bands with long-time Elmhurst ties—and Whiskey Creek will perform in concert from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 14 and 28, respectively. ECCI member Community Bank of Elmhurst is Presenting Sponsor of Freebyrd.

While staged in the Normandy Room, the venue will allow concertgoers access to the adjacent indoor bar and an outdoor gathering area.

At both summer concerts, a $10 tax-deductible cover charged at the door will benefit the ECCI Centennial Celebration NFP’s Civic Hall of Fame Public Memorial Fund, while the Legion will profit from all food and beverage sales.