August is a big birthday month for our family – first mine, then my dad’s then two of my kids and then a nephew’s. But although we have our share of celebrations this month, none comes close to Rick Springfield’s.
Throughout the month of August (and sometimes earlier and after), thousands of people sing “Happy Birthday” to him at his shows. Since 2007, his fans also raise thousands of dollars for charity in honor of his birthday each year. As of 2016, these efforts have raised more than $90,000 for multiple charities. This year’s campaign, which is initiated and run by fans, is in memory of his mother, Eileen Springthorpe, who died on Dec. 21, 2016. As of today, more than $6,000 has been raised. The “Celebrate Life Birthday Campaign” continues through Sept. 15 and this year the proceeds will go to the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, which helps rescued dogs.
The campaign’s nice-looking website, happybirthdayrick.com has all the details about how to donate, as well as how to purchase T-shirts designed specially for his birthday campaign. Donations of at least $5 include an entry to the prize drawings. This year’s grand prize is a guitar and a Meet & Greet. Those who donate $68 or more (he’s turning 68 this year) will receive a 4×6 photo of RS and a custom guitar pick, while supplies last. All donors will also receive a Celebrate Life magnet, while supplies last.
Happy birthday month, RS! (And many moooooore…) ❤️🎂🎈🎉🎸🎶
This is from Rick and the NEWSflash!:
DJ Rowdy Ron, along with The Rick Springfield Birthday Charity Campaign presents the Annual Saturday Night Springfield Special featuring the music of Rick Springfield! Join the party on August 26th – 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST.
Special prizes will be given away to participating radio listeners and campaign donors of the The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, this year’s beneficiary of the Annual Rick Springfield Birthday Charity campaign. For additional information about the campaign, check out http://www.happybirthdayrick.com
Join Carry On Wayward Chat for live radio group chat: https://m.facebook.com/groups/136990139723066Listen to the radio show every Saturday night at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST.
Lastly, here are some of concert birthday songs from previous years. (His actual birthday is Aug. 23.)