ALTSO’s Rocktoberfest: The Financial Industry Rocks to Provide Prosthetic Limbs for Children in the Developing World


A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) has a new slogan: “Mobility is More than Movement.”

This slogan succinctly defines the mission of the non-profit who provides free prosthetic limbs, orthotic devices, appropriately fitted wheelchairs, and rehabilitative care to children in the developing world who live with untreated limb disabilities because they cannot afford treatment.

The “Mobility Is” campaign launched at the organization’s signature fundraising event, Rocktoberfest, in 2017 in Chicago and New York, hosting more than 1,500 leaders in NYC and 500 in Chicago from the alternative investments and finance industry for a night of rock & roll, and featuring over a dozen bands whose talented performers are also industry leaders.

This year’s series of Rocktoberfest events include three key markets – New York celebrating its 15th anniversary, Chicago going into its 7th year, and the inaugural event in London this past June. The events celebrate ALTSO’s impact of 17,000+ children treated to date, and the primary support of the financial industry makes mobility a reality for more ALTSO CoolKids in need.

ALTSO’s patients come from families earning an average of $3 per day, and without the funds necessary to begin or continue long term treatment, they simply cannot afford the treatment their children need.

Without mobility, a child in the developing world cannot walk the average 3 miles to school. Without education, they can’t secure future employment, or sustain a family of their own one day; mobility is more than movement.

For more than a decade, Rocktoberfest has gathered colleagues, friends, current and prospective clients for what has been recognized as one of the most unique, highly anticipated and effective events in the charitable and finance sectors in order to make the dream of mobility a reality for more children around the world. This year’s lead sponsors include: ADM Investor Services, CME Group, Element Capital, Intercontinental Exchange, Oranj, Wedbush Futures, Wells Fargo, and more listed here.

Alongside ALTSO’s historic sponsors is The OCC, the exclusive WiFi sponsor for the event’s 700+ anticipated guests. This specialty sponsorship not only helps guests interact with ALTSO by donating (text ALTSO to 44-321), bidding on silent auction items (visit to bid) and sharing their experience on social media – it also provides 30 ALTSO CoolKids with the Joshi prosthetics they need.

“Rocktoberfest 2017 events raised over $900,000 last year,” says Gabriella Mueller Evrard, Executive Director of ALTSO, “thanks to the generous support from the financial services industry, the incredible bands who perform and advocate tirelessly for ALTSO’s children, our Committee members and volunteers, and every single person who purchases a ticket or donates. Last year’s events also helped ALTSO introduce its own prosthetic, The Joshi – a high quality modular limb kit made of durable materials that meets international standards and is dramatically increasing the accessibility, quality and modernization offered free of charge to our youngest generation.”

About A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) 
Support ALTSO’s mission and enjoy an incredible night of rock & roll and acoustic music performed by your peers in the industry. Tickets for ALTSO’s Rocktoberfest can be purchased online for Chicago on Oct 11th at City Winery (get Chicago tickets) and New York City on Oct 25th at Hard Rock Café (get New York tickets). Can’t make it? Make a donation.