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Above: Blues guitarist and vocalist Melinda Colaizzi performs during the 13th annual Voices Carry benefit concert. The Oct. 3 event raised $158,358 for McKeesport-based Auberle. (Photo courtesy Auberle.)
This year's Voices Carry concert raised $158,358 for McKeesport-based Auberle, breaking previous records, the social-services agency for children and families has announced.
More than 500 people attended the Oct. 3 concert at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Side, including 47 dedicated volunteers, said Deb Hilton, marketing, communications and events manager.
The 13th annual Voices Carry featured vocal performances by Donnie Iris, Jeff Jimerson, Scott Blasey of the Clarks, Chris Higbee and Chris Jamison, a newcomer who made it to the semi-finals on NBC-TV's talent show "The Voice" and is now working at WBZZ-FM (100.7).
WDVE-FM (102.5) radio personality Randy Baumann served as emcee.
Auberle also announced that a state-of-the-art music studio is being launched in their 412 Youth Zone in downtown Pittsburgh, Hilton said.
A video screened during the concert featured Voices Carry performers talking with young people at the Youth Zone about the importance of music in their everyday lives.
The video has been posted at the agency's YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/AuberleMck.
Voices Carry was launched to raise awareness and funds for Auberle’s 16 program areas that provide services to more than 3,800 at-risk children and families each year, Hilton said.
About 60 percent of Auberle's clients are served in their homes, schools or the communities.
Auberle’s services include workforce development and on-the job training, independent living and transitional-age youth programs, foster care, residential care and emergency shelter, in-home intervention, drug and alcohol and mental health programs and education.
Originally published October 25, 2017.