Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper serves mac and cheese provided by the Original Breakfast House. 

Rock music and Valley icon Alice Cooper and his wife, Sheryl, teamed up with the Salvation Army to provide a “Solid Rockin’ Christmas” for about 150 kids in need on December 10 in North Phoenix.

Cooper has hosted this holiday event for more than 20 years.

“Is there anything more fun than watching all these kids have this much fun? They get to eat, meet Santa, all the characters show up, and everything like that,” Cooper said. “For us, it’s our favorite day of the year. I think we’re selfish, because we wish we could do more like this, but for Christmas, it’s the best thing in the world.”

The event was held for kids from the Salvation Army Phoenix Emergency Family Shelter and Ray & Joan Kroc Center Phoenix, along with students from Wilson Elementary. Kids had access to foosball tables, a shuffleboard table and air hockey. They were treated to performances by Footklan and the Bucket Brigade and got to meet mascots and characters from Arizona sports teams. Even Santa made an appearance, with a toy for each of the kids, which were sponsored by BOK Financial.

A free lunch was also provided by the Original Breakfast House, and Cooper himself served the macaroni and cheese.

“Today, I want everybody to have as much possible fun as you can have,” Cooper said to the crowd at the event. “We’re gonna eat, we’re gonna see a show, we’re going to do all kinds of stuff. So, this is your place today. Have a great time, and Merry Christmas.”

The event was held at the Solid Rock Teen Center in North Phoenix, a free, faith-based music, dance and art facility for kids ages 12 to 20 founded by Cooper.

“We used to have it at Cooper’s Town because there was great access to do it there,” Cooper said. “But to do it over here at Solid Rock, these kids will eventually be coming here when they’re teenagers.”

The Salvation Army is ranked second on the list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. It provides food, shelter, clothing, financial assistance, disaster relief, adult rehabilitation, and opportunities for underprivileged children. In 2020, the organization helped more than 425,000 Arizonans. 

“We can’t imagine what it must be like to be a foster child or an orphan,” Cooper said. “We’ve always been so protected in our own homes. So, how great is it to take care of kids that don’t have that? It’s the best.”