"ALTSO's Rocktoberfest events are recognized as some of the most unique, highly anticipated and effective events in the charitable and finance sectors"
What It's All About
ALTSO provides free life-changing prosthetic limbs, orthotic braces, and appropriately fitted wheelchairs to children living with untreated limb disabilities in the developing world - at an average cost of only $250 per child. We are proud to stand by our patients providing continual treatment through the age of 21 meaning every CoolKid can Grow Up ALTSO. This ensures each ALTSO patient has the opportunity to gain the education and vocational skills needed to become independent and self-sufficient.
The average ALTSO family earns approximately $3 a day, and lives approximately 3 miles from the nearest school. There is no access to transportation so without the ability to walk or move independently, they simply can't go to school. Without an education, they are unlikely to ever get a job, to sustain themselves, to have a family. This is the reality for a child with an untreated limb disability in the developing world.
For ALTSO's CoolKids, mobility is more than movement. Mobility is access to education, future employment and the chance to life self-sufficiently. Mobility is hope, dignity and independence.
ALTSO Rocktoberfest-Chicago will celebrate its 8th anniversary this year alongside NYC’s 16th and London’s 2nd anniversaries. More than 2,750 professionals from the alternative investment and related financial service industries will unite in these three cities for a night of rock & roll and acoustic music to benefit ALTSO's mission and the more than 18,000 CoolKids treated to date.
Growing Up ALTSO is knowing that as each ALTSO CoolKid navigates life from toddler to teen and beyond, they will be covered by ALTSO’s support through the age of 21.
Rock For Good
16 years ago a handful of musicians played a few sets at a local bar - now the financial industry rocks with more 2,500 people in 3 major financial centers and 2 countries, all in honor of ALTSO’s CoolKids.
Main Stage Lineup
6:15-6:35 Guns and Ammunition
6:40-7:25 The Operators
7:30-8:15 The Wrong Boys
10 min ALTSO Presentation
8:25-9:10 ALTSO All Stars
9:15-9:50 The Simpletones
9:55-10:15 August Son
10:20-10:40 Flood Waters
Acoustic Room Lineup
6:20-6:45 Oranj Crush
6:50-7:15 Hayes - McNulty
7:20-7:45 Age Against The Machine
7:50-8:15 The Patrick Spiroff Trio
10 min ALTSO Presentation
8:30-8:55 Kurt Johnson + Sarah Johnson
9:00-9:25 No Direction (Matt, Chuck, Mike)
9:30-9:55 Lee Betsill and Tom Jirgal
Main Stage Bands
Support the band you’re rockin with via a donation or by purchasing tickets.
Acoustic Room Bands
Make a donation or purchase tickets in honor of the acoustic room band you're rockin' with.
From globally recognized corporations to leading hedge funds, ALTSO is sponsored by companies committed to leveling the playing field for children with limb disabilities. View 2018 sponsors.
Interested in becoming a Rocktoberfest Sponsor?
Complete the form below and an ALTSO team member will be in touch within 72 hours. In the meantime, check out our sponsors in the 2018 Rock Recap.
Exclusive Press Partner of Rocktoberfest Chicago
For press and media inquiries please email
Leesy Palmer or Grace Vogelzang at ImpactMediaManager@ImpactCommunications.org
Interested in getting your company involved? Contact us.
Silent auction items were generously donated by the following companies.
Special thanks to the following companies for their continued support.
Press Coverage 2018
ALTSO's Rocktoberfest has been covered by some of the world’s top media, with event coverage and sponsorship recognition increasing every year. Interested in getting your company involved? Contact Us.
Patrons have committed to donating at least £1,000 in support of ALTSO's #CoolKids.
Chicago Committee Members
Huge thanks to our committee who make this event and its impact possible.
Jim Kharouf, Stephanie Koenig, Chuck Mackie, Ray McKenzie, John Pooler, Steve Staszak, Shane Stiles, Bob Zagotta
Check out our signature Rocktoberfest event recaps from previous years.