Foreigner Rocks to Benefit Foster Children - Tucson News Now

Foreigner Rocks to Benefit Foster Children


By J.D. Wallace, KOLD News 13 Reporter

The band known for such hits as "Hot Blooded" and "I Want to Know What Love Is" came to Tucson Sunday night to help foster parents and children get the education and the daily supplies they need.

"I want to know what love is," Shannon Kaye sang and laughed in the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall lobby on Sunday night.

Striking a chord with its fans, the band Foreigner drew a crowd.

"I'm completely excited, I've grown up with this band, I love this band," said fan Mike Swain.

"The moment you go up on stage for those two hours is what it's all about," said Mick Jones, guitarist for the band Foreigner.

"First and foremost, it was my dad asking us to be involved," said Foreigner vocalist Kelly Hansen.

"I went to my son and I said, 'Kelly,' I said 'would you guys be interested in doing a benefit concert for us and they said, yeah, absolutely,'" said Randall Hansen, director of creative services for La Paloma Family Services.

La Paloma Family Services educates prospective foster parents and provides financial support.

"There are kids out there that need homes," said foster parent Marnie Gregg.

"It's a great resource taking the class and learning what it's all about prior to making the commitments of saying, 'Okay, I'll take the child,'" said foster parent Jason Gregg.

Jason and Marnie Gregg have fostered nine children over two and a half years.

"That's the ultimate goal is reunification with family," Marnie Gregg said.

They accept a variety of challenges.

"As hard as it is at the moment that they leave, you have to know that you did a good thing for them at the time that they were in your home," Jason Gregg said.

Money from the concert will support La Paloma on top of what the state provides.

"We're kind of in many cases the last resort and the first chance," said La Paloma Family Services CEO David Bradley.

"How could you say no to doing something to help?" Kelly Hansen asked.

The well-known rockers gave their time to help children.

"Everybody in the band was instantly gracious in saying, ‘Yes, let's do this,'" Kelly Hansen said.

"Quite honestly, I really still enjoy playing (the songs) because every night it's a little different," Mick Jones said.

Their fans also benefitted.

"(The benefit for La Paloma Family Services) wasn't part of the motivation, but it made me feel a little bit better about staying out late on a Sunday night," Kaye said.

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