AUBERLE – 10TH ANNUAL VOICES CARRY FUNDRAISER
On Tuesday Sept. 30, well over 500 guests joined Auberle at Stage AE for the 10th Annual Voices Carry fundraiser presented by Huntington Bank. This event is one of the most unique rock concert fundraisers held here in Pittsburgh. The event helps support the at-risk children and families Auberle serves. The event featured over 20 well-known Pittsburgh musicians who donated their talent to raise funds for Auberle by performing original music as well as a slew of great cover songs.
Since 1952, Auberle has been dedicated to community, strong families and successful youth. Auberle serves thousands at-risk children and families annually in eight counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Today, Auberle offers 16 programs including preventative and community-based services, with 60% of their clients served in their home, school or in their community. Auberle’s services include residential care, foster care, emergency shelter, in-home intervention, education, workforce development, drug and alcohol and mental health programs. Auberle was named Agency of the Year in the United States by the Alliance for Children and Families, the largest network of human services organizations in the United States.
The 10th Annual Voices Carry was emceed by WDVE morning show host, Randy Baumann. Event performers included Donnie Iris, Scott Blasey, Zig Daniels, Chris Higbee, Billy Price, Kelsey Friday, Joe Grushecky and many more. Prior to the musical entertainment, and throughout the evening, Comedian Magician Lee Terbosic could be found wowing people with many of his amazing tricks. Cards, cash and smartphones were among the props he used while dazzling the onlookers. There were also appearances by Penguins mascot Iceberg, as well as Steely McBeem and the Washington Wild Thing.
The festivities began with an introduction by Derek Bayer of Equity Resources, Inc. and a welcome from Huntington Bank’s Regional President, Susie Shipley. Then the extravaganza began the way a lot of Pittsburgh sports fans are used to – Jeff Jimerson and the National Anthem.
Next up Randy Baumann put an “Auberle” twist on the Beatles hit Yesterday, and the hits – they kept a comin’. Sandy Dowe was next on stage followed by Madi Jay Lapre, Melinda Colaizzi and Vanessa Campagna all taking their turns at sharing their amazing voices with the crowd-filled room. Joe Woodarek of The Stickers graced the crowd with a wonderful rendition of ‘Halleluja’ before Jill West really got the crowd rockin’ with her amazing blues and electric attitude. Zig Daniels, lead singer of the Delaneys was up next. Upon taking the stage he said “This is the loudest song you’re gonna hear all night”. Zig ripped through Guns & Roses’ ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ with his broad vocal range and great guitar skills. Speaking of guitar skills, there was another guitarist on stage for this song and pretty much every other song as well. The Pittsburgh music legend Rick Witkowski was on top of his game all evening with showing his amazing chops that we’ve enjoyed over a span of four decades.
Just before a short video about how Auberle helps children and their families, he Gathering Field’s Bill Deasy performed his song ‘Lost in America’, the title track of the band’s 1996 debut album. After the video Randy Baumann came back to the stage for a special treat. New to this year’s event was a live auction of an authentic boxing glove autographed by Southpaw star Jake Gyllenhaal and Director Antoine Fuqua. As the bidding climbed all the way to $1,000 Randy revealed that there were actually two gloves, giving both the winning bidder and the next highest bidder awesome prizes to take home.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled program… Billy Price, Sputzy and Sabrina DeMatteo were the next three performers to wow the crowd which had already begun to leave their tables to come closer to the stage and dance the night away. Scott Blasey and Kelsey Friday sang a duet of ‘Stop Dragging My Heart Around’ right before Chris Higbee cranked things up with his fiddle on ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’. Jeff Jimerson returned to the stage next to sing ‘Higher Ground’ which is where this successful evening had put Auberle with a whopping $130, 827 that was raised. Scott Blasey came back to the stage along with Joe Grushecky who provided some great guitar on two Clarks songs ‘Cigarette’ and ‘Better Off Without You’.
After another short video on Auberle, Joe Grushecky rocked out for two songs before King Cool himself – Donnie Iris stepped into the spotlight and rocked the roof off of Stage AE with back to back hits, ‘Love is Like a Rock’ and ‘Ah Leah’. Following the likes of Iris, Blasey and Grushecky is no small task, but Mark Matteo did not disappoint with his amazing vocals on the Styx hit ‘Renegade’ as the stage started filling with almost all of the previously mentioned performers who joined in on the fun. Closing out the night was the All Star Jam where a stage full of celebrities that donated their time and talents rocked out for three more songs that had the crowd singing and dancing up until the final note was played.
Overall, the 10th Annual Voices Carry fundraiser was a huge success and a lot of fun. A great evening filled with great entertainment at an amazing venue – and all for a wonderful cause. We are looking forward to the 11th annual event next year.
For more information about Auberle and it’s programs, go to http://www.auberle.org/
Photos from the event