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New Chicago Whiskey Festival to Showcase the Spirit in a Unique Setting

CHICAGO (Sept. 15) – On Saturday, November 15, The Field Museum will be home to the inaugural Lively Water Whiskey Festival. The premiere event will feature a wide variety of whiskeys and cocktails to sample at The Field Museum, as well as guided discussions from distillers and industry leaders for guests to expand their knowledge of the classic spirit.

Lively Water Whiskey Festival will cater to whiskey connoisseurs as much as those looking for an introduction to the spirit. Admission includes sampling from a variety of expressions, interactive mixology sessions explaining how to create crowd-pleasing cocktails at home, as well as panelists and information sessions about the industry. The festival will feature a variety of rare and unique whiskeys that can be sampled by purchasing a “Special Reserves” ticket for $10. These expressions will be available in limited quantities.

“We’re excited to partner with The Field Museum and premiere Lively Water Whiskey Festival there this fall. The event will cater to both whiskey enthusiasts and those just beginning to venture into the world of whiskey,” says Amanda Hogue, Event Director at Red Frog Events, the company behind the festival. “Guests will enjoy a variety of samples of both their favorite brands and discover new ones.”

Tickets are now available. GA starts at $65 and VIP starts at $105. For more information, including the growing list of distillers and expressions at Lively Water Whiskey Festival, head to or contact Jordan Diehl at or (309) 507-2595.

Discover why original distillers called whiskey “lively water.” Sip on a variety of styles, learn from master distillers, and taste unique whiskey cocktails. Lively Water Whiskey Festival welcomes those looking to expand their knowledge, as well as those that have been loyal to the whiskey spirit for years.


Red Frog Events is an event production company known for its success pioneering the experiential entertainment industry and its award-winning company culture. Since 2007, the company has developed innovative brands including the Warrior Dash obstacle race series, Firefly Music Festival, American Beer Classic, and Red Frog has been named one of Forbes’ “Most Promising Companies in America”, has appeared consecutively on Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Companies” list, and was awarded Business of the Year by the US Chamber of Commerce, among other honors. In recognition of its philanthropic efforts, the company was selected as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital “Corporate Partner of the Year,” and has committed to fundraise $25 million for the organization.

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New Chicago Whiskey Festival to Showcase the Spirit in a Unique Setting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 17) – Red Frog Events, a fundraising partner of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, has committed to raising $25 million towards the opening of the “St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center” on the hospital’s campus in Memphis. Opening in 2015, this will be the first Proton Radiation Therapy (PRT) center in the world dedicated solely to children, designed specifically to meet the needs of young patients.

Proton Therapy is the most advanced form of radiation technology available to patients because it allows doctors to precisely target cancerous cells with high doses of radiation while sparing nearby healthy cells and vital organs located beyond the tumor. Proton Therapy offers great benefit for children with brain tumors and other cancers treated with radiation therapy, as it reduces harm to the child’s developing body and lessens the risk of secondary tumors later in life.

Ryan Kunkel, Red Frog Events’ Co-CEO said, “Red Frog Events is proud to have the opportunity to support the kids of St. Jude by fundraising for this ground-breaking new Center on the St. Jude campus.”

The St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center is the focal point of a new $198 million tower currently under construction on the St. Jude campus. The tower also will house a state-of-the-art surgical suite and new intensive care unit (ICU), as well as a Global Education and Collaboration Center expected to foster brainstorming, enhance learning and speed knowledge sharing around the world.

“We are deeply appreciative of the generous support of Red Frog Events, which allows St. Jude to further its critical mission,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “This new tower will expand our capabilities for patient care and global medical education and collaboration to make a greater impact on saving the lives of children.”

“Having a state-of-the-art proton center on our campus allows us to not only provide the most advanced treatment for childhood brain tumors and other cancers, but also conduct research to determine the optimal way to give proton beam therapy to children,” said Dr. William Evans, CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For more than 50 years, St. Jude has provided hope to families of children with deadly diseases around the world. The funds raised through donors like Red Frog Events ensures St. Jude can continue to provide exceptional care while conducting research to make it better in the future, and no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

Red Frog Events has partnered with St. Jude since 2010 and has since helped raise more than $4.8 million through its brands, Warrior Dash, Great Urban Race and Firefly Music Festival. In 2012 Red Frog Events named St. Jude its premier national charity partner. Red Frog Events’ commitment of raising $25 million for St. Jude and naming rights to the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center go through the end of 2025.

For more information on Red Frog Events, Proton Therapy or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, contact Lauren Shield at (586)709-9003 or or Angela Richmond at (901)578-6658 or To make a donation, visit

About Red Frog Events:
Red Frog Events is the leader and founder of the Active Entertainment industry. Based in Chicago, they create fun and extraordinary events through innovation, creativity and top-notch participant service, while laughing all the way. In 2012, the company put on more than 75 events worldwide and has hosted more than 1 million registrants since its founding in 2007. They are most known for their events Warrior Dash, the world’s largest running series, and Firefly Music Festival, the East Coast’s premier music experience, and also for their unique company culture and workplace environment. To learn more, visit or connect with them at, or

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About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting or following us on and

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New Chicago Whiskey Festival to Showcase the Spirit in a Unique Setting

DOVER, DE (Jan. 14)– Firefly Music Festival is returning to The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway for the third year on June 19-22. Along with headliners Foo Fighters, Outkast, and Jack Johnson, the lineup also includes Beck, Arctic Monkeys, The Lumineers, Pretty Lights, Weezer, Imagine Dragons, Ziggy Marley, and more than 95 additional acts performing across seven stages. Full lineup details are below.

“The addition of a fourth day, along with the expansion of our festival acreage and lineup, makes this the most exciting Firefly yet.  These changes reflect our commitment to providing our fans the premier experience they expect from us not only this year, but in the years to come,” says Firefly Music Festival Director Greg Bostrom.

Festivalgoers can expect to see the return of favorite attractions such as the Dogfish Head Brewery, The Arcade, The Coffee House, and Hammock Hangout with the addition of several attractions to be announced prior to the festival.

Firefly is partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the third year through their Music Gives to St. Jude Kids program. Festival attendees can support the lifesaving work of St. Jude on-site and leading up to the event through a variety of digital, mobile and live donation opportunities. Donations from Firefly fans will go towards Red Frog Events’ $25 million commitment to the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center, opening in 2015 on St. Jude’s campus in Memphis.

VIP and Super VIP passes are on sale now with General Admission passes going on sale Monday, Jan. 20 at Noon EST through For additional information, contact Jordan Diehl at (309) 507-2595 or or Lauren Shield at (586) 709-9003 or

Firefly Music Festival is a premier music experience set among lush wooded landscapes, featuring renowned headliners and emerging artists. Witness unforgettable performances and discover the engaging attractions nestled around every turn that make Firefly a can’t-miss summer tradition for music fans from around the world.


Red Frog Events is an event production company based in Chicago. The company is best known for its events Firefly Music Festival, a premier music experience on the East Coast, Warrior Dash, the world’s largest obstacle race series, and American Beer Classic, a beer festival held in iconic sports stadiums. Red Frog has received international awards and media attention for its unique company culture and workplace environment, including #18 on Forbes’ “Most Promising Companies in America” list in 2013 and Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Companies” in both 2012 (#9) and 2013 (#60). In 2013, Red Frog was also named St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s “Corporate Partner of the Year”

Dover Motorsports, Inc. is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tennessee. For further information, log on to

The 2014 Firefly Music Festival Lineup: 


  • A Great Big World
  • A-Trak
  • Aer
  • The Airborne Toxic Event
  • American Authors
  • Amos Lee
  • Andrew Belle
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Asaf Avidan
  • Bad Things
  • Band Of Horses
  • Basic Vacation
  • Beck
  • Bleachers
  • Breach The Summit
  • Bronze Radio Return
  • Cage The Elephant
  • Cash Cash
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Cherub
  • Childish Gambino
  • Christian Porter
  • City And Colour
  • Courrier
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Cruiser
  • Dan Croll
  • Foo Fighters
  • G-Eazy
  • Gemini Club
  • Geographer
  • Girl Talk
  • Goldroom
  • Gregory Alan Isakov
  • Griswolds
  • Grouplove
  • Haerts
  • Hey Rosetta!
  • High Highs
  • Holychild
  • Hunter Hunted
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Iron & Wine
  • Jack Johnson
  • Jake Bugg
  • John & Jacob
  • Johnnyswim
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Kodaline
  • Kongos
  • Little Comets
  • Little Daylight
  • Local Natives
  • Lucius
  • Magic Man
  • Martin Garrix
  • Mean Lady
  • Misterwives
  • MS MR
  • New Politics
  • New Sweden
  • Outkast
  • Phantogram
  • Phosphorescent
  • Pigpen Theatre Co
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Pretty Lights
  • RAC
  • Royal Teeth
  • Saints Of Valory
  • Salva
  • San Fermin
  • Shakey Graves
  • Sir Sly
  • Sky Ferreira
  • Sleeper Agent
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Smallpools
  • Son Lux
  • Step Rockets
  • Stop Light Observations
  • Tegan And Sara
  • The Ceremonies
  • The Colourist
  • The Lumineers
  • The Mowgli’s
  • The Weeks
  • The White Panda
  • The Wild Feathers
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Tune-Yards
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Typhoon
  • Unlikely Candidates
  • Vance Joy
  • Vic Mensa
  • Walk Off The Earth
  • Washed Out
  • Weezer
  • White Denim
  • Wild Child
  • Wild Cub
  • X Ambassadors
  • Young The Giant
  • Ziggy Marley

Releases and Announcements

New Chicago Whiskey Festival to Showcase the Spirit in a Unique Setting

The World’s Largest Obstacle Race Series to Deliver Highest Cash Prize Total in 5K Race History

CHICAGO (Jan. 2) – The inaugural Warrior Dash World Championship is a worldwide 5K obstacle race where top finishers will take home the ultimate bragging rights and thousands of dollars worth of prize money. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Yolo Land and Cattle Co. in Esparto, California.

In order to qualify, participants must compete in a 2014 Warrior Dash race of their choice and place in the top 25 of their gender. Warrior Dash has more than 50 locations worldwide, and those who have run a Warrior Dash outside of the United States or Canada, including, but not limited to, locations in Asia, Europe, Mexico, South America, and Australia, will receive a free entry into the World Championship.

“The obstacle racing industry has grown tremendously, domestically and internationally, since Warrior Dash’s inception in 2009 as the first organized, nationwide series,” says Warrior Dash Director Emma Haley. “As we enter our sixth year, we’re excited to celebrate the top obstacle racing athletes in the world by providing a premier 5K competition and offering generous cash prizes to the top five male and female winners.”

Warrior Dash paved the way in the obstacle racing industry by challenging nearly two million racers of all calibers across the globe since 2009. The addition of the World Championship event will provide a way to recognize elite obstacle racing athletes by introducing a prize purse of $100,000, broken down as follows for the top five male and female finishers: $30,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, $5,000 for third place, $3,000 for fourth place, and $2,000 for fifth place.

For more information on the Warrior Dash World Championship, including common questions, rules and guidelines, or information on registering, go to or contact Stephanie Schell at or 414-975-7881.

Warrior Dash is the world’s largest obstacle race series held on the most rugged terrain in more than 50 locations across the globe. Since 2009, nearly two million participants have earned their Warrior helmets by tackling a fierce 3-4 mile course and 12 extreme obstacles. After conquering the Battleground, Warriors celebrate with turkey legs, beer steins, and live music at a post-race party in a league of its own. In 2014, top finishers are invited to participate in the Warrior Dash World Championship to test their strength amongst the world’s top obstacle racing athletes and win their share of $100,000 of cash awards.


Red Frog Events, the company behind Warrior Dash, is an event production company based in Chicago. The company is best known as the leader and founder of the Active Entertainment Industry and for its events: Warrior Dash, the world’s largest obstacle race series, and Firefly Music Festival, a premier music experience on the East Coast. Red Frog has received international awards and media attention for its unique company culture and workplace environment, including #18 on Forbes’ “Most Promising Companies in America” list in 2013 and Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Companies” in both 2012 (#9) and 2013 (#60). Red Frog Events is partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and to date, has helped raise more than $8 million to find cures and save children battling cancer and other deadly diseases.