June 9, 2022 – The American Red Cross is excited to announce Jon Dorenbos, two-time NFL Pro Bowl player, Walter Payton Man of the Year Award recipient and finalist on America’s Got Talent, will be the special guest and keynote speaker at the 27th annual Evening of Stars Celebration!
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9 at the Brown Ballroom on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal. Doors open at 6 p.m. and participants will be treated to a special performance of Dorenbos sharing his incredible life story and encouraging message via mind-blowing, world class magic.
Tickets go on sale Monday, June 27. Call (309) 275-3515 if you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity.
“I can’t wait to be there with you, as we celebrate a night together for a great cause,” said Dorenbos. “The American Red Cross is an organization that puts a high priority on helping others, and I am glad to have the opportunity to be a part of it, during Evening of Stars. I look forward to sharing my story and providing some entertainment through magic, in the process. See you there!”
Dorenbos played 14 seasons in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl twice with the Philadelphia Eagles. He displayed his skills as a magician while competing in America’s Got Talent, making it to the finals and placing third out of tens of thousands of competitors. From there, Dorenbos put his talent on display as a guest on Ellen, a platform where he would go on to release his book, Life is Magic. He describes the book as a road map for quieting self-doubts and choosing happiness.
“We are thrilled to have Jon perform at Evening of Stars,” said Lyn Hruska, Central Illinois chapter executive director. “His energy, positive message and excitement factor will make this a can’t-miss event and we look forward to seeing you in Normal this fall!”
Funds raised in support of this event help the Red Cross provide critical services throughout the region, including: disaster response, blood donation, training services and support to our military members and