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The 12th annual Voices Carry concert and fundraiser at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Side is sponsored in part by Huntington Bank, said Deb Hilton, spokeswoman for the charitable organization, located on Hartman Street, that serves at-risk children and young adults and their families.
A singer and songwriter from Aliquippa whose group's 1983 single, "Vitamin L," cracked the Billboard Hot 100, Taylor was a frequent guest at previous Voices Carry concert. Taylor died Aug. 7 of complications from an inoperable brain tumor.
The concert begins at 6 p.m. and includes local performers Donnie Iris, Joe Grushecky, Chris Higbee, Etta Cox and Scott Blasey of The Clarks, Hilton said.
Randy Baumann, WDVE-FM (102.5) morning show host, will serve as master of ceremonies.
“Voices Carry is our largest fundraising event of the year," saidJohn Lydon, Auberle CEO. "We appreciate the time Randy Baumann and the musicians donate each year to raise awareness about the work Auberle does. We cannot wait to celebrate with our sponsors and introduce people to all the great work we do for our community.”
Taylor was an enthusiastic booster of Auberle's mission and the Voices Carry series, Lydon said. "We were always so grateful for his support."
About 500 people are expected to attend the fundraiser on Tuesday, Hilton said.
On Tuesday Sept. 20, over 500 guests are expected to join Auberle at Stage
Baumann calls Voices Carry "one of the most anticipated nights of the year for me.
"It's a privilege to be able to lend a hand to both get the word out about Auberle, and to play a small role in helping to forward their mission of caring for and guiding kids who need some help moving in the right direction,” Baumann said.
The last few years have been ones of growth in Auberle, both in the number of families and children served, and in the scope of the programs offered. In addition to its facility in McKeesport, Auberle also now offers Homebuilders, a nationally recognized program to help families in crisis; the 412 Youth Zone, a drop-in center in downtown Pittsburgh that helps youth transitioning out of the foster care system; and an expanded Employment Institute to help young people find jobs.
Founded in 1952 as the Pauline Auberle Home, Auberle was named 2012 “Agency of the Year” by the national Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.
Originally published September 16, 2016.