Midwest Music Festivals Support Ukrainian Relief

Midwest USA Music Festivals To Partner

with MedWish International

$100,000 Goal Set

CLEVELAND, OH (March 16, 2022) – Elevation Festivals, owner and producer of WonderStruck In Cleveland, The WonderBus Music & Arts Festival (Columbus) and WonderRoad (Indianapolis), announced today the company’s immediate support for Ukrainian relief efforts. Elevation is partnering with MedWish International to support MedWish’s response to critical medical supply shortages and other basic emergency needs resulting from the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. 

“Live music events have had a long history of doing the right thing and supporting people in a time of crisis,” stated Denny Young, President of Elevation. “We wanted to do our best to support the innocent people of Ukraine and invite others in our industry (and beyond) to step forward and help these people now.”

Elevation’s support will include three initiatives over the next 30 days:

1. An immediate cash donation of $10,000 to cover the cost of shipping – to Ukraine – of more than 20,000 lbs of supplies.

2. The offer of two (2) complimentary, single-day general admission tickets to any one of Elevation’s three music festivals in exchange for a verified in-kind or monetary donation of $175 or higher. This program will be limited to the first five-hundred (500) donors and the donation must be made no later than April 15, 2022. Those looking for information on how to contribute money or donate supplies can visit www.medwish.org/ukraine. A list of supplies can be found here. To redeem your tickets, MedWish will furnish a receipt to all donors. Email a copy of your qualifying receipt to Elevation Festivals or info@elevationgroup.com and your complimentary tickets will be emailed to you.

3. A $25 per ticket donation will be made by Elevationto MedWishfor every Adult ticket purchased to any of the three Elevation festivals (listed below) over the next 30 days. If 3,000 tickets are sold in the next 30 days the direct resulting amount of aid money will equal $75,000. When you buy, you help!

Any person participating in initiatives 2 or 3 will also receive a $25 gift certificate valid at any “official festival” merchandise booth this summer at the three Elevation festivals. Gift certificates will be emailed to all qualifiers.

In addition to Elevation’s Ukraine aid efforts, the company will continue its philanthropic partnerships in each community where an Elevation festival occurs. This includes support for innovation in mental health treatment and research at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, inner city youth education programs at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and programming support for Indy Parks and Recreation.

MedWish International, an alliance partner with WonderStruck in Cleveland since 2016, is a Cleveland-based organization working with long-standing Ukrainian recipients to distribute medical supplies and equipment as well as basic emergency supplies to relief organizations in Ukraine and surrounding countries directly assisting those impacted by the current crisis.

This summer’s Elevation festival events, located in Cleveland, Columbus and Indianapolis, will feature some of the world’s biggest and most iconic musical artists including The Lumineers, Duran Duran, LordeVampire WeekendLord HuronYoung The Giant, Bastille, Chvrches, 24kGoldn, Michael Franti & Spearhead and many more. Click below for tickets and your immediate support for Ukraine relief efforts:

WonderRoad Indianapolis June 11-12, 2022

WonderStruck in Cleveland July 9-10, 2022

WonderBus Music & Arts Festival Columbus August 26-28, 2022

“We so very grateful for Elevation’s support of our Ukrainian relief efforts. Any music festival goer can make an immediate and positive impact on the crisis in Ukraine,” said Allison Busser, Director of Development at MedWish. “MedWish has had extensive experience in providing international humanitarian aid and we are willing and able to use our strengths as an organization to provide aid to individuals and organizations who are impacted by the crisis in Ukraine.”


Created in 2002 by former IMG senior executives Denny Young and Steve Lindecke, the Elevation Group is comprised of seven different companies operating in the United States, Canada, Australia, The United Kingdom and Ireland. Elevation is a recognized leader in music & sports event production, talent management, content development, experiential marketing tours and sponsorship activation. Elevation is based in Cleveland, OH.

Elevation Festivals

Elevation Festivals is a partnership between the Elevation Group and investors Cliff Chenfeld (co-founder and former owner of leading indie record label Razor & Tie Music and Kidz Bop) and businesswoman/ philanthropist Michelle WesleyThe company owns Ohio’s two largest contemporary music festivals – WonderStruck in Cleveland and the WonderBus Music & Arts Festival (Columbus). Additionally, Elevation owns WonderRoad in Indianapolis. In a few short years, the company’s music events have been recognized by The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper, as “the Midwest’s (USA) top music festivals.” Each festival features a wide variety of upscale culinary options, include robust artisan villages and showcase the very best Alternative, Indie-Pop, Funk and Jam bands. Featured artists have included chart-toppers Kesha, AJR, Foster The People, Lewis Capaldi, Portugal. The Man, Bastille, Vampire Weekend, Milky Chance, Chvrches, Walk the Moon, Hozier, Wilco and more. Grammy Award-honorees Sheryl Crow, Black Pumas, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr., Stephen Marley and Trombone Shorty have also performed at Elevation’s festivals.

March 16, 2022 1:00 pm

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