The Walk-Ins to Fire-up Things Up at Sertoma Centre’s BIG Event

The Walk-Ins for Sertoma Centre
The Walk-Ins to fire-up Sertoma Centre’s BIG Event with their high energy live show. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

High Energy Performers Value the Mission of Sertoma Centre, Inc.

Alsip, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Walk-Ins will perform their eclectic mix of Motown, classic rock, hits from the 80’s and more at Sertoma Centre’s BIG Event, held on Saturday, April 27 at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, IL. The Walk-Ins are a group of educators and talented musicians who are eager to perform at BIG Event this year. Joe Matise, spokesperson for the Walk-Ins said, “As educators we identify with Sertoma Centre’s mission to provide opportunities that empower individuals with disabilities to achieve personal success.” Band members teach in the Chicago Heights School system and are dedicated to motivating grade school and middle school children to realize their goals.

The Walk-ins are a harmony driven cover / original band from Chicago’s south suburbs. The band consists of Joe Matise (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Mike “The Deuce” Michor (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Mike Molinets (Drums, Vocals) and J.R. Entsminger(Bass, Vocals). The Walk-ins’ set list spans the 50’s through today, and their high energy live shows have been met with rave reviews across the Chicagoland area. The band members live in the south suburbs of Tinley Park, Lockport and Oak Forest, IL.

BIG Event is looking for a few good firefighters! There are a couple of spots remaining for firefighters who would still like to compete in the BIG Event’s featured attraction, the firehouse cook-off. If you or someone you know is a firefighter or emergency responder, then consider competing in the hottest firehouse cook-off in town. Trophies and prizes are awarded for each category: chicken, ribs, chili, ethnic dishes and people’s choice. Chefs prepare sample size portions for 500 people and are reimbursed up to $500 for food expenses.

The BIG Event 2013 is sponsored by SouthtownStar Newspaper, Aileen S. Andrew Foundation, area Sertoma Clubs, The Lombard Company, and MPS – Mulcahy, Pauritsch, Salvador & Co. along with many area businesses.  Attendees can sample the food as celebrity judges select the best firefighter chefs in the competition.

Dave Fleming the magician and juggler will perform on stage at 6:30 pm. Boomer from the Windy City Thunderbolts will stop by and there will be children’s face painting, games and a video gaming station.  There are raffles and fun for the entire family. Please mark your calendar and join us on Saturday April 27, from 5 – 9 p.m. at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, Ill. 

Ticket prices are the same price as last year.  Entry donation is $10 for adults which includes 10 food sample tickets, children 12 & under $5, children under 3, free.  Proceeds from the event benefit the more than 700 individuals with disabilities served by Sertoma Centre, Inc. 

For more information, call 708-730-6206 or go to

Sertoma Centre, Inc. is a nationally-accredited, not-for-profit agency that provides services to individuals with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, and/or mental illness.