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Puttin on the Ritz for Riley, September 26

Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014

Billed as An Evening of Cool Jazz and Smooth Standards, “Puttin’ on the Ritz for Riley,” features popular vocalist Shannon Persinger, left, backed by The Eric Clancy Trio. The concert, scheduled for Friday, September 26 at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center, is a fundraiser for Riley Hospital for children.

Singer Shannon Persinger regularly performs Jazz at Fort Wayne’s Club Soda. She is well known to Northeast Indiana audiences as one half of the duo Shade ‘N Shannon, with whom she performs at many festivals and fairs year round. She is also a frequent vocalist at The Chapel in Fort Wayne and has been a solo performer at the Summit City’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Her two previous appearances at The Cottage Event Center have been sellouts.

Keyboardist Eric Clancy is a former adjunct Professor of Jazz Theory at Huntington University. He has been a professional musician for nearly two decades and besides performing currently teaches piano at the Sweetwater Academy in Fort Wayne. He has been featured several times at JeFFFest in Huntington and is a frequent artist at area jazz venues including Club Soda.

Indiana’s first and only comprehensive pediatric hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, has over 245,000 patients visit annually, inpatient and outpatient. Closely affiliated with the Indiana University Medical School, Riley serves patients from every county in the state of Indiana. Known for its family-centered environment and cutting edge research, Riley is nationally ranked in all 10 of its Pediatric categories. The hospital’s philanthropic partner, The Riley Children’s Foundation, ensures that no child is ever turned away from care because of financial need. The concert is the Cottage Event Center’s second fundraiser for Riley; in 2013 the facility hosted an Oldies Rock show titled “Rockin’ for Riley.”

Tickets are ten dollars each and may be purchased at Good Grains Gluten Free Bakery in Roanoke, with PayPal at www.cottageevwentcenter.com, or by calling (260) 483-3508. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Beef Stroganoff and salad will be available for purchase along with dessert items. A cash bar will also be available. The event is sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank of Huntington, Parkview Huntington Hospital, ReMAX realtor Marti McFarren and Stifel Financial Services.