Charity Concert Honors Memory Of A Fund-raiser

Posted: June 26, 1986

Before her death on Aug. 7, 1985, Rose Reinbott had issued a challenge to her family and friends.

A volunteer fund-raiser for the Southampton branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 10 years, Reinbott had voiced her concern about who would carry on the quest for donations when she no longer was able.

"She raised over $50,000 in 10 years," said Bill Raab, a Warminster resident and a friend of the Reinbott family. "And she was very concerned about what would happen when she had to stop. She mentioned it to my nephew one day and he decided to do something about it."

Reinbott, 53, the owner of a 7-Eleven store in Hatboro and a resident of Warminster, died last year after a brief illness, and Raab's nephew, Keith Painton, began the task of picking up where she left off.

However, Painton, a resident of Horsham, had to conceive of a way to make the same amount money in one day that Reinbott had worked all year to collect. A member of a band, Broken Wings, he did not have the spare time that Reinbott had had. Working together with Raab, Steve Ott of Warminster and Reinbott's two sons, Eric and Greg, Painton hit on the idea of a rock concert.

"We got together one night and brainstormed for an idea," said Raab. ''And we hit upon a rockfest. We figured that it was a good way for people to spend some time on a weekend, have fun and still contribute to muscular dystrophy. A lot of money is needed to combat the disease."

On Sunday, the second annual MDA Rockfest was conducted in a large field between Jacksonville and Street Roads in Warminster.

According to Raab, more than $3,000 was raised and more than 480 people attended the event. Last year, the concert raised $5,000 and drew more than 700 people at the old William Tennent High School. Over the whole of last year, more than $17,000 was donated in Reinbott's name, said Raab.

"We're very happy with the event, both years," said Raab. "Almost every single service was donated by local businesses. We figure that if we raise just $10, that it's $10 more than they would have had without us. We'd just like a little more support from the music fans of Warminster and Hatboro. We have blues bands, soul bands and a cappella, too."

Sunday's event drew visitors from all over the Delaware Valley. Some threw flying disks in the back, while others munched pretzels and hot dogs. However, most of the people came to see one or more of the 11 participating bands.

"I heard about this on the radio and I thought it was a pretty good deal," said Greg Chrisman, 30, of Northeast Philadelphia. "Only $6.50 for 10 hours of rock music is pretty good. I'm surprised there aren't more people here."

To arrange such an event, Painton's group - called the Friends of Rose Reinbott - had to solicit for donated land, time and services from a variety of individuals and businesses. They received permission to use the land from Harry Harp, the owner of Double H Plastics Inc. The Warminster 7-Eleven donated a soda cart, hot dogs and pretzels, and a firm in Hazleton supplied several portable toilets. The security force, the bands, the ticket takers and the medical personnel also donated their services.

"We ended up spending no more than $400 for the whole thing," said Raab. ''The only tough part is the 6,000 phone calls I had to make. My secret is to cut through the red tape. Go right to the top when you want something for charity, and don't get frustrated."

The bands that played were Rivals; Whitefoxx; Ground Zero; Tony Vegas Group; The Sites; Sniper; Prophecy; Bedrock; John Fisher and the No News; Sound and Soul, and Mr. Speed and the Haze.

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