Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center

Valentines for Veterans

The Chi-Lites to perform at 2013 "Valentines for Veterans" Concert
Graphic of the MarshallT Chi-Lites Band  


What is this concert about?

Valentines for Veterans concerts are an expression of appreciation and support for our nations’ Veterans from the VA and the community. The concert is a part of the annual weeklong "National Salute to Veterans" celebration specifically connected to Valentine’s Day. The concert pays tribute to our Veterans and increases awareness of the needs of Veterans.  The concert also pays tribute to Gold Star Families who have lost a loved one in service, welcome Veterans home to their community and families , and promotes volunteerism at VA medical centers throughout the country.

The popular national concert series is made possible through the generosity of nonprofit organizations and through donations of funds, time, and materials from local communities. No admission will be charged to attend this concert “because the price has already been paid” by the sacrifices of America’s Veterans.

Who is performing at this concert? 

The Chi-Lites are a Chicago-based smooth soul vocal group from the early 1970s, one of the few from the period not to come from Memphis or Philadelphia. They scored eleven Top Ten R&B hits from 1969 to 1974. The group formed in the late 1950s when the Chanteurs (Eugene Record, Robert "Squirrel" Lester, and Clarence Johnson) teamed up with Marshall Thompson and Creadel "Red" Jones of the Desideros to form the Hi-Lites. Wishing to add a tribute to their home town of Chicago, they changed their name to "Marshall and the Chi-Lites" in 1964. Johnson left later that year, and their name was subsequently shortened to The Chi-Lites. Their major hits came in 1971 and 1972, "Have You Seen Her" and "Oh Girl,” the latter a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 27, 1972.

When is the concert?

Valentine’s Day - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6:30pm

Where is the concert?

The Columbus Aladdin Shrine Center, located at 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus. OH 43219.

How much does it cost?

The concert is free and open to the general public, but tickets are required for admission. All tickets will be distributed through the Aladdin Shrine Center box office.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets for Veterans, Gold Star Families  and the community will be available at the Aladdin Shrine Center Box Office beginning January 18th (Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 pm).  All tickets will be distributed on a first come-first served basis with a two ticket limit per person.

For more information, call the Columbus VA Event RSVP Line at 614-388-7787 or the Voluntary Services Office at 614-257-5493.