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MLK Day of Service to draw hundreds of Joliet-area volunteers on Jan. 20

During the post-event lunch, volunteers will hear the musical entertainment of Gabriel “RIEL” Lozano, Chicago’s Hype Man. Lozano is an alumnus of Joliet West High School, class of 2010.
During the post-event lunch, volunteers will hear the musical entertainment of Gabriel “RIEL” Lozano, Chicago’s Hype Man. Lozano is an alumnus of Joliet West High School, class of 2010.

Hundreds of volunteers will gather Jan. 20 to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by completing service projects throughout the City of Joliet.

Volunteers then head out to complete service projects and meet back in the Joliet Central High School Student Center at noon for a lunch and a musical entertainment of Gabriel “RIEL” Lozano, Chicago’s Hype Man.

Lozano is an alumnus of Joliet West High School, class of 2010, where he graduated with honors and as the captain of the last Township Steelman Soccer Team.

In 2017 he became one of Chicago’s very own INCREDIBULLS, taking on the challenge of high-octane performances, stunts and entertaining Bulls fans at all the home games.

In 2019, Riel became a Chicago Bears Monster Squad member and represents the Bears Entertainment team. Riel has opened for Hip Hop artists and has worked with world-renowned dance choreographers.

It's not too late to sign up for the event. People of all ages, individuals, families, organizations, are all welcome to participate.

The 15th annual MLK Day of Service kicks off in the Joliet Central High School Student Center, located at 201 E. Jefferson Street in Joliet.

Volunteer check-in and breakfast, generously donated by Great American Bagel, Home Cut Donuts, and Jitters Coffee House, takes place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., followed by a brief program and volunteer instructions.

Volunteers, then head out to complete service projects, such as making blankets out of plastic bags for the homeless, Valentines for veterans, taking down Christmas decorations, painting and beautifying community buildings and so much more.

To volunteer, visit jths.org and click on the MLK Day of Service banner near the bottom of the page org.

Gabriel “RIEL” Lozano- Chicago’s Hype Man 

Lozano pursued his bachelor’s degree at Concordia University where he also began his entertainment career.

He had his own college radio show and served as the university’s primary source of music and entertainment for Concordia events. 

Lozano is now touring with Winter Fest Music Festival, a unique music festival in Illinois that caters to high schools.

His DJ experience and versatility range from sporting events , corporate events to weddings and kids parties. H

Lozano and his wife Natiya (Ty) own their own entertainment company, RIELTYME CREATIVE SOLUTIONS, and specialize in making private events spectacular and unforgettable. 

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