Southern Generosity

I want to share a quick story of something amazing that happened in Charleston, SC last night…

My wife Michelle and I were in Charleston for a quick getaway and stopped in at Molly Darcy’s and I did a few songs of karaoke. During one of the lengthy solos in “Sweet Child Of Mine”, I passed one of my “Dave Helps Kids” business cards to Tommy Snee, who was running karaoke.

Tommy doesn’t flinch and hands me a crisp hundred dollar bill and has me explain my mission to the bar. Truly awesome! Tommy, you really made our day. I can’t believe you did that, thank you so much on behalf of all the kids at St. Jude and their families. Granted we’d each had a couple adult beverages prior, but Michelle and I were both pretty darn near tearing up.

Thanks so much, it was a random act of kindness that certainly did not go unnoticed.


Oswego Patch Article

I recently did an interview for the Oswego Patch. Here is the article they wrote about my St. Jude fundraising efforts. Thanks to those at the Patch for covering my efforts!

Also, I was out canning yesterday at 171st & Harlem, I’ll update with a total once we count the money from both shifts. If you are visiting my site as result of getting one of my business cards yesterday, thanks for stopping by and thanks for your donation!


Couple Days video now online!


Today is the world premiere of the video for “Couple Days”, a song I wrote about the St. Jude run from Chicago to Peoria.  You can watch the video at  We put the video together as an effort to raise awareness and donations for St. Jude Children’s Hospital so please help if you can.

I urge everyone to check out the video, “like it”, make a donation ( and pass it on!  Our goal is to reach as many people as possible, please help spread the word.  “Likes are nice, but donations save lives!”



Release for Video Set for 5/23

The video for “Couple Days” is nearing completion.  It will ‘world premiere’ on 5/23.  I’ll need your help to spread the word and raise as much money for St. Jude as we can!

I’m also now on Facebook at, or just click “Facebook” above.

Video is coming along…

We were able to shoot some video at Phillips Park on May 2nd, and Jeff has been hard at work on putting the video together.  Just saw a scratch version this morning and all I can say is that it looks awesome.  Finishing touches coming soon and the video will be out there for all to see!  I’ll be recruiting everyone to forward it to as many people as possible!!!

More news to come!


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Video shoot Sunday, May 6th 2PM at Phillips Park

As I mentioned earlier, we are working on a video for the song “Couple Days”.  We will be shooting for the video this Sunday, May 6th at 2PM at Phillips Park in Aurora.  Bring the kids, we’re hoping to get some footage of us playingfor a group of kids, the more the merrier!

Phillips Park also has a small zoo, so come out for the video shoot and take in the zoo while you are at it. Here is a link to Phillips Park’s website for more ifnormation.

Hope to see you all there!


St. Jude Run 2012

2012 will be my ninth consecutive year participating in the St. Jude Run from Chicago to Peoria.  For those not familar with the run, here is a little bit of information.

On July 20th and 21st, 175 runners will take off from Midwestern University in Downers Grove on a 30 hour, 150 mile relay to Peoria, where we will meet up with thousands of runners from all across Illinois at the Convention Center.  All of us have one goal in common, to help St. Jude Children’s Hospital raise money in order to continue the fight against various types of cancer that afflict young people.  Behind each runner is a group of donors who have done their part as well.

For 2012, with the help of my band mates, we have recorded the song “Couple Days” which is about the St. Jude Run, specifically a stop we make in the town of Roanoke, IL.  We are currently working on a video and hope that we can use this to spread the word.  I will provide updates as we get closer to having it ready.  For now, if you click on “A Song I Wrote” you can hear the audio recording of the song.

The fact that you’re looking at my site means you are interested in helping as well, so please help make a difference and go to my donation page and give what you can!



Help Me Help Kids

As many of you already know, I will be participating in the St. Jude run from Chicago to Peoria on July 20th-21st.  This will be the 9th consecutive year that I will be participating.  For those of you who are not familiar with the St. Jude Run, here is a little background on St. Jude and the run itself.

St. Jude Children’s Hospital is on the forefront of treatment of many different types of cancer in children’ and young adults.  Since its inception, St. Jude has been an integral part of the increase in survival rates of many different types of cancer.  The amazing thing about St. Jude is that thanks to donations from people like yourselves, no patient is ever turned away due to financial reasons.  That’s right, if a patient is a candidate for St. Jude based on their medical condition, they are treated, regardless of their ability to pay.  This is only possible because of generous donations from people like you!  St. Jude is known as a very efficient charity, focused on its cause and determined to save kids lives, please help!

Approximately 175 runners will take off from Midwestern University in Downers Grove on a 30 hour, 150 mile run to the Peoria Convention Center where the  annual St. Jude Telethon is held.  Runners each raise a minimum of $1,250 in order to be able to do participate.  This year I’m doing something that I hope will take my fundraising viral, and really increase my total.  With help from the guys in Finneus (especially Jeff Dometita) we are recording the song “Couple Days” which I wrote a few years ago about the St. Jude run.  Jeff and I will also be working on a video which we hope to take viral in order to raise awareness (and hopefully donations).  Once completed, the thought is to get this online and spread the word…  The audio recording is moving along nicely. For those who donate now, I’ll send out a sneak peak MP3 of the song to check out.

So, how do you help out?  Below is a link to my site, please give what you can.  You cannot imagine how much it means to the patients, their families, and their communities that there are people like you out there who give what they can to help people like them that they will likely meet.  You truly help save children’s lives with your donation to St. Jude.

My site (donate here):

St. Jude Children’s Hospital:

St. Jude Runs website:


P.S. – there is a very goofy photo from the run in 2010 of yours truly on my site, but if you check it out, you better donate!