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Event Center to hold fundraiser for PAWS Inc.

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018

An evening of music featuring swing, pop and jazz is on tap to raise funds for the organization Pets Assisting Well-Being & Success (PAWS Inc.). The event stars vocalist Shannon Persinger backed by pianist Eric Clancy’s jazz trio. The concert is scheduled for Friday, April 27, at the Cottage Event Center, 966 Locust Drive, Roanoke beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Singer Shannon Persinger performs a variety of music ranging from jazz to hits by country icon Patsy Cline. Persinger’s repertoire also features a variety of styles ranging from Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee to The Beatles. She is well known for her impression of Michael Jackson performing Billie Jean.

Keyboardist Eric Clancy, a former adjunct Professor of Jazz Theory at Huntington University, has been a professional musician since the 1990’s. Clancy also teaches piano at the Sweetwater Academy in Fort Wayne. Clancy has been featured several times at JeFFFest in Huntington and is a frequent artist at area jazz venues including Club Soda. Besides Clancy, the trio will include Michael Patterson on bass and Mark Vincenti on drums.

PAWS Inc. has approximately thirty teams of dogs and handlers serving clients in a number of area counties including Huntington. All of their dog handler teams are registered and insured by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs based in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and must meet rigorous standards. The group’s founder and executive director is Janet Jordan Altmeyer of Fort Wayne with Kay Anderson, director of placement services. PAWS Inc. will have some of their dog and trainer teams at the event to answer questions before the show. More information may be found by calling (260) 484-2305. The website for PAWS Inc. is

Tickets are twelve dollars each and may be purchased by phone by calling (260) 483-3508, at John’s Meat Market in Roanoke, or with PayPal at The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from Walnut Hill Catering & Events, Fort Wayne. A cash bar will also be available.

The Cottage Event Center will feature the tropical sound of duo Island Vibe on Friday, May 18. The show will benefit the Roanoke Lions Club, who will be on site grilling burgers for purchase.

Shown in the photo from left to right, are Mark Vincenti, drums; Shannon Persinger, vocals; Michael Patterson, bass and Eric Clancy, piano.