Win a dinner with Rick Springfield

The fan-based Rick Springfield Birthday Campaign is now under way, raising more than $3,000 in the first five days. That’s pretty awesome, considering that surpasses both the entire 2008 and 2009 campaigns.

Perhaps in those days they weren’t offering DINNER WITH RICK SPRINGFIELD as the grand prize.

Yes, you read that correctly – the grand prize is DINNER WITH RICK SPRINGFIELD! (I felt compelled to use all caps since why not yell out that exciting news?)


There are some other cool prizes, too, such as original drawings by RS himself. (You may have heard that he’s a musician, songwriter, singer, author and actor – did you know he’s an artist, too?)

Here he is at work, sketching one of the prizes, Grand Prize #3:


Grand Prize #2 is a sketch of his cute dog Bindi:


It’s kind of like getting a signed photograph from the RS fan club back in the ’80s, but this time they are original drawings.

Check out to find out how to enter to receive these prizes. All donations go toward the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, which helps rescue dogs.

(When my 9-year-old overheard the video of RS announcing the campaign, he recognized his voice: “Is that Rick Springfield?” he asked. When I told him that RS fans were raising money for a charity for his birthday, I asked him what charity he thought it would be. “An animal shelter?” he asked. Yes, I told him, it’s for dogs. What made him guess that? “Because, dogs,” he said. “Dogs may drool, but they also rule.”)

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to have dinner with Rick Springfield? I can only imagine what it would be like – probably me just sitting there smiling and staring, unable to say a word. I’d have to bring a talkative friend with me so it wouldn’t be too awkward.

Although, I also suspect it would be really cool, like it was for this lucky fan on this “prom date” back in 2004 (video courtesy of rsandus):

Win a dinner with Rick Springfield

For the past eight years, a group of Rick Springfield fans have collected money for charity in honor of his birthday. Apparently, fans like to give him gifts for his birthday and he requested that they donate the money to charity instead. So far, they’ve raised more than $50,000.

The ninth annual campaign – called “Ricky and the (big birthday) Bash” in honor of his upcoming movie – raises money for two charities: The first one is Hoops for Life – for Dr. Michael Edwards’ Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) – in memory of Sahara Aldridge, his sweet young friend who died from a brain tumor at age 13.

The other charity  is the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, which rescues animals.

This year’s goal is to raise $15,000. (Click here to learn all about this campaign, which continues through Sept. 15).

This effort by RS fans is pretty cool!

But that’s not all. Those who donate are also entered to win prizes and the grand prize is … drum roll …

A pre-concert dinner with Rick Springfield! (Oh wait, I think I ruined the surprise because I put it in the headline, darn it. )

(For all the rules, click here.)

I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to have dinner with RS. Looking back to my past encounters with him – which included me babbling with a goofy grin stuck on my face – I think it’s pretty adventurous of him to offer to do this!

And since it is a pre-concert dinner, it means that it won’t be Dr. Pitlor (creepy “True Detective” character) showing up as a dinner companion. Although I guess Pitlor RS is better than no RS, right?