96.5 KISS FM, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, and Channel 3 are partnering with LaVilla Conference and Banquet Center to host a community benefit "Call to Courage" on Thursday, May 23rd from 5:30 to 9 pm to assist Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. Money raised will go to the Cleveland Courage Fund thru The Cleveland Foundation.
LaVilla Conference and Banquet Center at 11500 Brookpark Road is graciously donating their facility and services for the benefit and Party 411 Events is helping to plan the eveningís events. Music will be provided by singer and pianist Mike Petrone and Monica Robins and the Ninja Cowboys, playing a mix of rock, 80's and country. Local singer/songwriter Ashley Nemeh will also perform a song written specifically to honor these three young women.
Area restaurants will be donating their time and talents cooking up some of Cleveland's favorites. Get a taste of the best Cleveland has to offer from Johnny's, Georgetown, Triv's, and numerous others. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online HERE. General admission is $20 and includes heavy appetizers and soft drinks. A cash bar with wine and beer will also be available and general and valet parking is free.
Dozens of area businesses are donating items for a silent auction and raffle with numerous prizes including concert tickets and meet and greets for Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts. Autographed guitars by Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Staind will be up for grabs. Kyrie Irving is also donating a signed basketball, jersey and hat. Dozens of donations are still coming in for both the silent auction and the raffle.
There will also be a live auction with prizes including a Justin Bieber autographed guitar, tickets to see One Direction in Columbus and passes to the exclusive One Direction Soundcheck Party and a 55 inch Vizio LED Smart TV.
"Call to Courage" will be hosted by WKYC's Robin Swoboda and WTAM's Bill Wills and guests will also have the chance to meet some of their favorite radio and television personalities including WKYCís Russ Mitchell, Betsy Kling and Jim Donovan, WGARís Brian & LeeAnn, Rover and Duji from WMMS and WMJIís Mark Nolan.
"People across the community and the nation have been touched by this story, this miracle", said Rita Andolsen, WKYC Director of Advocacy & Community Initiatives. "We decided to host this event to give the community a chance to celebrate the courage of Amanda, Gina and Michelle and to give people a way to show their support".
For more information call 216-514-8411 or email Rita Andolsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.