Rock For Kids is a 20-year-old Chicago charity devoted to "bringing free, quality music education into the lives of Chicago's under-served children". (As someone who took a music class or two at even a moderately well served Chicago public high school, let me tell you: this is a good idea.) The main program, Youth Jam operates at fifteen sites around the city, and provides everything from teachers and curriculum to instruments for kids who otherwise likely wouldn't get a shot at playing a note. (And according to their website, only 11% of their income is spent on fundraising. Pretty good numbers.)
The organization is currently auctioning two VIP tickets for The Fray's sold out January 9th show at the Metro, (Vedera opens) with passes to meet the band. And guess what? The winning bid is even tax deductible. It's a perfect opportunity to see yourself on the other side of the velvet rope and help out some Chicago kids whose lives might well be changed for the better by getting to play some music.