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Event Center to hold Toys for Tots fundraiser

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015

An evening of both traditional carols and some newer favorites highlight this year’s annual Cottage Event Center concert fundraiser for the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program. The event features popular vocalist Shannon Persinger backed again by The Eric Clancy Trio. The concert, scheduled for Friday, December 4, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Roanoke venue on U.S.-24.

Singer Shannon Persinger regularly performs a variety of music ranging from Jazz to the hits of Country icon Patsy Cline throughout the Fort Wayne area. She is formerly known to Northeast Indiana audiences as part of the duo Shade N Shannon, as a frequent vocalist at The Chapel in Fort Wayne, and has sung for the Fort Wayne’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Her four previous appearances at The Cottage Event Center have all sold out.

Keyboardist Eric Clancy, a former adjunct Professor of Jazz Theory at Huntington University, has been a professional musician since the 1990’s. Besides performing, Clancy teaches piano at the Sweetwater Academy in Fort Wayne. He has been featured several times at JeFFFest in Huntington, is a frequent artist at area jazz venues including Club Soda, and was featured at this year’s Three Rivers Festival accompanying national R&B recording artist Ty Causey. Besides Clancy, the trio will include Michael Patterson on bass and Mark Vincenti on drums.

Tickets are ten dollars each and may be purchased by calling (260) 483-3508 or with PayPal at www.cottageeventcenter.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Pasta, salad, garlic bread and desserts will be available for purchase from 1024 Catering of Huntington. A cash bar will also be available. The event is sponsored by Bippus State Bank of Huntington, Roanoke State Farm Agent Lena Massie, and by RE/MAX Realtor Karen McFarren.

Toys for Tots will provide gifts for over five hundred Huntington County young people, from infants to teenagers. The organization will be collecting toys until mid-December utilizing drop off boxes at various businesses in the area.

The Toys for Tots program began in 1947 in Los Angeles when Major Bill Hendricks collected and distributed five thousand toys to California youngsters. The 501c(3) tax exempt organization has been supported over the years by such notable celebrities as John Wayne, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Tim Allen, Garth Brooks and Kenny Rogers and has to date delivered over 486 million toys. It is expected that the group will distribute toys to over 13 million children nationwide this year. More information may be obtained on the Toys for Tots website www.toysfortots.org.

The Cottage Event Center will again be hosting a Comedy Mystery Theater production by Fort Wayne’s popular Bower North Productions. In addition to the annual New Year’s Eve Dinner performance, the facility will add a discounted show-only matinee performance on New Year’s Day.