In truth, this story dates
back to 1983 when Lisa and Abel Hernandez were serving
in the U.S. Air Force overseas. For a little R & R, the
couple traveled to Madrid, Spain, to see a Supertramp
Concert featuring Roger Hodgson in an unforgettable
performance live on stage. Abel said he’s been following
Hodgson’s career ever since.
Now retired from the Air
Force and living in Beaver Creek, Ohio, near Dayton,
Abel is a career and leadership coach and Lisa is
employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Earlier this year Abel
noticed online that the singer/musician who entertains
internationally would be performing at Ribfest in
“Where’s Naperville?” he
remembered thinking while PN talked with him on Saturday
after he’d finished volunteering for a 6-hour shift in
the Beer Tent in the Sponsors’ Area.
The couple found Naperville
on a map and determined it was about a five-hour drive
from Dayton. They also looked further into the festival
hosted by the Exchange Club of Naperville and were
touched by the service club’s mission to help prevent
child abuse and domestic violence.
After making unsuccessful
attempts to purchase tickets online, they finally
connected with Annmarie Siwik who assisted in the
process and sent them tickets.
They also inquired about
volunteering, creating some reasons to ponder. Why would
a couple from Ohio want to volunteer at Ribfest?
“We volunteer a lot and
this seemed like a real good cause to support,” said
Lisa, noting she also enjoys traveling and discovering
Earlier this spring, they
booked accommodations at Best Western and signed up to
work two 6-hour shifts in the sponsor tent.
“We arrived Friday
afternoon and took the shuttle bus system to Knoch
Park,” explained Lisa. “It was a fantastic service, by
Then the couple “checked in
at the Barn” and headed to help serve barbecue rib
dinners with volunteers representing Loaves and Fishes
First thing Saturday morning, the couple returned to The Barn to take the Basset training course required by the Naperville Police Department in order to serve alcoholic beverages, as their volunteer assignment that afternoon was to serve beer in the sponsor area.