Motley Crue leader singer Vince Neil to raise money for Tinley Wish charity
By Steve Metsch email@example.com July 31, 2014 4:02PM
Vince Neil | File photo
Updated: September 2, 2014 6:28AM
When the legendary rock band Motley Crue takes its farewell tour stop in Tinley Park this week, lead singer Vince Neil is planning to make a stop of his own for charity.
Neil is scheduled to sign autographs and pose for pictures on Thursday at Bettenhausen Automotive, 8355 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, to raise money for the Tinley Wish organization. The band plays Friday night at First Midwest Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.
Tinley Wish is a not-for-profit organization run by the Tinley Park Police Department that helps families in need around Christmas, often by providing gifts they are unable to afford, for a wide variety of reasons.
Last year, eight families received presents for Christmas, said police officer Dennis Mahoney, who helps run Tinley Wish.
Neil is scheduled to appear between 1 and 5 p.m., according to a press release.
Bettenhausen has been selling automobiles for decades in Tinley Park. And Mike Bettenhausen, a former Tinley Park village trustee and head of Bettenhausen Automotive, played a key role in landing the event, Mahoney said.
The band is fond of helping those in need, Mahoney said.
Bettenhausen contacted a member of LOUD Media, Motley Crue’s promoter, and mentioned the Tinley Wish program as one such worthy cause, Mahoney said. That set the wheels in motion for Neil’s appearance at the car dealership.
“I spent a half-hour talking with one of their marketing people. He called me back and said they were going to do this,” Mahoney said.
Autographs and photos with the singer are free, Vince Neil T-shirts to be signed are $10 and an 8-by-10 glossy photo is $5 to be signed. There also will be food for sale.
All proceeds go to Tinley Wish.
Motley Crue, in the midst of its farewell tour, was founded in 1981 and has hits like “Dr. Feelgood,” “Home Sweet Home,” and “Girls, Girls, Girls,” to its credit. It has sold millions of albums worldwide.
Tickets are available for the band’s concert Aug. 8 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. Alice Cooper is the opening act.