McFest is a benefit concert for Special Olympics at the Metro in Chicago. I am the co-chair and we are currently working on the second year of the show. In 2007, it was held in April and we featured six local high-school and college age bands from the Chicago area. They were: The Days, With Waking Eyes, Fishing With Spoons, TeamOne, Still Not Sexy, and Bury Me At Makeout Creek. Doors opened at 2:30, and the show was on its way at 3:00. We had Special Olympics global messenger Chris come on stage with us and speak about her experience with Special Olympics. We also had two more global messengers help us announce the raffle prizes later on in the show. The show went on until 8:00, after both ABC and NBC news channels showed up to cover it. Leah Westfall from New City magazine also interviewed us for her own article. We sold around 530 tickets in advance, put a little over 100 names on the guest list, and sold over 160 tickets at the door. We raised a total of 10,000 dollars for Special Olympics through sponsorships and donations from various companies such as Victory Records, Island Def Jam, Schubas, Take 5, DeVine Racing, Jimmy Johns, Chipotle, Aware Records and so many more, McFest merchandise, raffle tickets, and ticket sales. McFest could not have been any more successful and we are hoping to do even better in 2008!