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Donnie Wahlberg performs at Generation Rescue’s Go Home With Donnie Again on June 19, 2017 in St. Charles, Illinois. Photos by Timothy Hiatt

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Blue Bloods star and New Kids on the Block member, Donnie Wahlberg shares why he continues to support families affected by autism through his work with Generation Rescue.  Donate HERE.

Thursday night, actor and singer Donnie Wahlberg rocked the house, raising over $700,000 for wife Jenny McCarthy’s, autism charity, Generation Rescue, at his first ever solo-concert!

The iconic Arcada Theater in St. Charles, IL hosted nearly 1,000 fans in an intimate concert experience, AND the Blue Bloods star made a matching donation of $100,000 to the foundation.

Special guests included New Kids on the Block band mates, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, and Danny Wood with hip hop artists, Nice & Smooth and Naughty by Nature.

The Chicago lovebirds then brought the party back to the historic Hotel Baker, where the two wed almost two years ago, for an exclusive after party, closing the night for a cause near and dear to their hearts (as if they could get any bigger!).

McCarthy’s son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism in 2005. Wahlberg joined the board of directors for Generation Rescue in 2015.

The evening was presented by Hotel Baker, Jenee L. Polaczek, and OxyHealth, all longtime supporters of the organization.

Generation Rescue is the leading national nonprofit organization providing hope and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders.

[Images via Brian Babineau and Ruthie Hauge Photography]

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Wherever the New Kids on the Block are, Kristen Parness and Danielle DeCristoforo are not far behind. They go to their concerts. They’ve seen them get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They’ve even gone on a fan cruise with the band — three times.

On Thursday, their fandom brought the besties from New York all the way to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Parness won the #GoHomeWithDonnie fan sweepstakes.

The win got her plane tickets for two, front row seats for a solo performance by St. Charles resident Donnie Wahlberg, VIP after-party access, and accommodations at the Hotel Baker. And she couldn’t think of a better person to bring with her than DeCristoforo.

“My husband now has a man-crush on Donnie,” Parness said. “He loves him in ‘Blue Bloods.’ When I won, he was like, ‘I’m so excited to meet him. He seems so cool.’ And I was like, ‘You’re not coming.'”

Parness and DeCristoforo met at a CD signing the band hosted during a 2008 reunion. They’ve been best friends ever since, bonding over their #BHlove (BH is short for Block Heads, a term of affection for fans of the New Kids).

“God, we just love them,” Parness said. “From ages 8 to 12 they were like our first loves. They were such a part of our life when we were little, and now they are still so great with their fans. We’ve just grown up with them.”

The pair have had some one-on-one encounters with various New Kids over the years. At one point, a member of the fan duo’s crew of friends even got Donnie Wahlberg’s cellphone number.

“Ever since we got it we’ve been harassing him on that number for free tickets to things,” laughed Parness. “But I guess the number belongs to some NFL player now.”

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Go home with Donnie Wahlberg to St. Charles on June 2 & join him as he rocks the house for a great cause! A once in a lifetime solo concert (plus Special Guests!) to benefit Generation Rescue! It’ll be a night to remember!! Gain early access to tix & VIP After Party passes now at



GENEVA – Hotel Baker owner Rowena Salas said she was honored that celebrity Jenny McCarthy and singer/actor Donnie Wahlberg picked the St. Charles hotel as the setting for their wedding last year.

On Friday night, she was one of 150 guests at A Night of Hope, a benefit held at Oscar Swan Country Inn in Geneva to raise money for Generation Rescue, an organization designed to provide hope, information and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Her son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism in 2005.

McCarthy is president of the organization, and Salas become a member of the board of directors earlier this year. McCarthy hosted Friday’s event, which was sold-out.

“I have a nephew who was diagnosed with autism,” said Salas, who owns the Hotel Baker in St. Charles with her husband, Joe. “It’s very close to my heart because of sister’s journey. He’s now 19 and doing well.”

They co-chaired Friday’s event with Karen and Ed French. The event also featured a live auction featuring such items as a New Kids On The Block signed guitar and a visit on the set of CBS’ series “Blue Bloods” in New York City. Wahlberg is a member of New Kids On The Block and stars in “Blue Bloods.”

McCarthy and her husband recently bought a house in St. Charles, according to the show “Donnie Loves Jenny.”

Generation Rescue provides medical treatment grants to families in need, Generation Rescue Executive Director Candace McDonald said.

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