Fact Sheet

Q: What is Walla-Pa-Looza?

A: Walla-Pa-Looza is an organization that organizes and participates in events to raise money to assist cancer patients and cancer research. The monies raised by our events are distributed both locally and nationally.

Q: What types of events does Walla-Pa-Looza hold?

A: In August 2009 we held our first event. It was a music festival with four bands that included food, raffles, and family friendly activities throughout the day.

At this event we raised over $15, 000.00. In December of 2009 we started an indoor musical event called Jolly-Pa-Looza that included food, music and raffles. You may also see us on a parade float or other local events selling cup cakes or giving purple ribbons out at the gas station for a donation. Who knows?

So far we’ve shown up in many events including the Fiesta Days and St. Patricks Day parades in McHenry, the Saufen und Spiel Parade and Memorial Day Parade in Johnsburg, as well as the Fox Lake Independence Day Parade. We’ve also partnered with the Johnsburg Lions to hold a fund raiser for Taylor Radtke, a 9 year old girl stricken with Fibrous Dysplasia, to help offset the family‚Äôs medical bills.

Let’s just say we’re in it for the long haul.

Q: Why all the Purple?

A: Everyone is familiar with pink being the color for Breast Cancer support. We decided that we wanted to be able to assist as many people as possible and found that purple is the color that signifies support for all cancers. Hence the shirts, the tent, and any of the other purple stuff you see us with.

Q: What kind of people make up the Walla-Pa-Looza Organization?

A: The people involved in Walla-Pa-Looza come from various backgrounds, but all have one thing in common, they shared the vision of its founder Craig Wallace, a guy that saw a need to party, raise some money and have some fun. It was his idea to begin with and he recruited friends and family to help and that has ballooned into something much bigger. Few of the people involved had any experience doing such a thing, but the groups pulled it off and were inspired to continue the fundraising after the first event.

Q: Can anyone help Walla-Pa-Looza?

A: Yes, if you want to help us in our various fundraising efforts send us an e-mail at info@walla-pa-looza.org and we will be happy to have your assistance.

Q: What if I just want to donate?

A: You certainly can. You can donate via PayPal from any of the donate links on the top left of any page on the site. If you’re uncomfortable with that, you can always send a check to:

c/o Craig Wallace
4000 Cedar Creek Drive
Johnsburg, Illinois 60051

Q: Are you recognized as a 501(c)(3)?

A: Yes we are and all donations are tax deductible. Our tax id is 27-1066756.

Q: What if I have an idea for Walla-Pa-Looza?

A: You can contact us via e-mail or leave us a voice mail at 815-363-1189.

Q: Can I become a Corporate Sponsor?

A: Yes, we can also provide information that will help you market your product(s) to our demographic. We have details about how to sponsor Walla-Pa-Looza on the site.

Q: If I am a member of a family struggling with cancer and need help, how can I apply for financial help?

A: You can download our Application for Financial Grant form [ Microsoft Word | PDF ], fill it out, and either email it to craig@walla-pa-looza.org, or send it via regular mail to the Walla-Pa-Looza “World Wide Headquarters” at:

c/o Craig Wallace
4000 Cedar Creek Drive
Johnsburg, Illinois 60051