BATAVIA – Because of current COVID-19 restrictions, the Moose-a-Palooza outdoor fundraiser set for Saturday will now become a virtual event.
According to a post on Batavia Moose Lodge's Facebook page, the lodge was recently told by the Kane County Health Department that it could have only 50 people at the event. As part of Phase Four of the state's Restore Illinois plan, gatherings of more than 50 people are not allowed.
"It seems recent clarifications from the State's Attorney office have reclassified our event," the post stated. "We apologize for this late notice, but until today, we were under assumptions we were following appropriate guidelines for outdoor concert events. This was a surprise to all of us. We don't agree with the decision but understand we have to follow their direction at this point."
All donations still go directly to help the Batavia Moose Lodge support Moose International and the Mooseheart Child City and School. More information is at mooseintl.org.
Several bands will perform as part of a livestream from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday at facebook.com/events/1449801181862393. Because the event is a charitable donation, donations for tickets are non-refundable. However, Batavia Moose Lodge is offering a 50% discount to its 2021 event for those who show up next year with their 2020 ticket.
"We are devastated by these recent changes and were so looking forward to hosting everyone at our great outdoor concert setting at the Batavia Moose Lodge," the post stated. "We will miss seeing you all there and hope you will enjoy our livestream and come in-person to our 2021 event."
The Ferris Wheel Junkies will perform at 2 p.m. followed by The Tin Fiddle Band at 4 p.m. The headliners will include a 6 p.m. show by Howard and the White Boys. Taking the stage at 8 p.m. will be Jimmy Nick and Don't Tell Mama.