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2011

2011

Benefit Brings In $1111.00

by Ric Albano

Sound Off for Veteran's Day Logo

We had an incredible time on Friday, November 11th at Champion’s in Highspire for the Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert. Absolutely everyone involved was pleasant, upbeat, and helpful and the show could not have gone smoother.

When my wife Karyn and I tallied up the all the donations including the door cover, raffle, cash contributions, CD sales by participating musicians, and business and online monetary donations we found that this single event had brought in $1,103. Well, we instantly shook the sofa to scrape up an additional eight bucks to bring that total to $1,111, which fits perfectly with the unique date of this event. We did have some expenses which worked out to be about 27% of this gross amount, still leaving a healthy amount to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project through the Sound Off for Vets charity. Beyond this, about 6 bags of clothes were donated for the YWCA Homeless Vets Clothing Drive.

This event could not have been a success without the incredible time and effort of so many people, who I’d like to thank here.


First and foremost, thank you to all the Veterans past and present who do more for us as American citizens than any other group.


Thanks to the musical artists who all put on incredible and entertaining performances:

Mycenea Worley

The Group “Meeka” – Romeeka Gayhart, Terry Gayhart, Drew Washington, Wyatt Latimer, and the keyboard player whose name we did not get (sorry, but thank you)

Carmen Magro’s Band – Carmen Magro, Chuck Scarpello, Mark Burkert, Rob DiSimone, Dave Murphy, and Steve Sauer

Hot Wing Jones – Steve Montressor, Andy Shemeta, Anthony Pepoli, and Corey Woodcock

I ‘d like to add a special thanks to the guys in Hot Wing Jones, who were the first to arrive, the last to leave, and donated equipment for all the artists to use.

Also, thanks to DJ Kai who provided incredible video during the musical performances as well as entertainment between sets.


Thank you to those who offered support for the event:

Chris Hicks, sound man from Voyager Music

Tim Dyer, videographer who shot about 5 hours of footage and enlisted our event in the international One Day on Earth program so we will be seen all over the world

Chris Nelson, founder of Sound Off for Vets who elicited donations for our raffle

Karyn Albano, my lovely wife who organized and operated the raffle

Rebecca Smith-Witmer, volunteer who helped at the door


Thank you to all the people and businesses that donated merchandise, gift certificates, advertising, and/or money to the cause:

Champions Sports Bar
United Water
Fredricksburg Eagle Hotel
Antique Auto Museum
Civil War Museum
Farmer’s Hope Inn
Hollywood Casino
The Porch Restaurant
Adventure Sports
LB Smith Ford-Lincoln
Ultimate Lube and Wash
Classic Rock Review
DAMES of PA
Susquehanna Entertainment
Jim Hammond
Deborah Delgado
Kathi Guliano

Plus, there were many more good people who made anonymous cash donations at the event.


Thanks to everyone at Champion’s who were incredibly helpful and pleasant through this whole process starting with Jason Naugle and Virginia Taylor (whose birthday was also on 11/11) and all the servers, staff, and security personnel.


Last but not least, thank you to everyone who showed up last night, added to the celebratory atmosphere, and were very generous in donating to our cause.

If you were unable to make this event but would like to make a donation, you can still do so by pressing either of the “Donate” buttons on top or to the left of this page.

Ric Albano
Organizer, Sound Off for Veteran’s Day

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Lineup Set for Veteran’s Day Show

by Sound Off for Vets

The lineup of artists for the Sound Off for Veteran’s Day benefit has been set. The show will take place at Champion’s Sports Bar in Highspire, PA on Friday, November 11th.

Mycenea Worley
 9:00 pm Mycenea Worley
Harrisburg, PA
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Meeka
 9:45 pm Meeka
Lebanon, PA
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Carmen Magro
10:45 pm Carmen Magro
Philadelphia, PA
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HotWingJones
12:00 am Hot Wing Jones
Harrisburg, PA
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List of Donated Items

Raffle Contributions

Below is the current list of items which were raffled off at the Sound Off for Veteran’s Day benefit on Friday, Novemeber 11th. The event was held at Champion’s Sports Bar in Highspire, PA.

Last updated 11/12/11

Item Donor Further Information
American Flag Stool Deborah Delgado  
4 Museum Tickets Antique Auto Museum www.aacamuseum.org
2 Buffet Coupons Hollywood Casino www.hollywoodpnrc.com
$25 Gift Certificate The Porch Restaurant www.porchrestaurant.com
Die-Cast Ford Truck Model L.B. Smith Ford & Mercury www.lbsmithford.com
2 Gift Cards Ultimate Lube and Wash www.ultimatepa.com
$25 Gift Certificate Farmer’s Hope Inn www.farmershopeinn.com
2 Sets of Event Tickets Adventure Sports in Hershey www.adventurehershey.com
Family Pass Civil War Museum www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org
Yamaha Keyboard Classic Rock Review www.classicrockreview.com
Tequila Package DAMES of PA www.damesofpa.com

If you’d care to make a contribution, please contact Chris Nelson nelsoncl36@hotmail.com.

Monetary Donations

Amount Donor Further Information
 $ 100 United Water www.unitedwater.com
 $ 100 Champions Sports Bar championssportsbar.net
  $ 50 Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel www.fredericksburgeaglehotel.com
  $ 20 Carmen Magro www.carmenmagro.com
  $ 10 Hot Wing Jones  
   $ 5 Kathi Guliano  

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One Day On Earth, 11.11.11

On Day On Earth, 11/11/11
Tim Dyer, the videographer for Sound Off for Veteran’s Day, will be sharing footage from the event with One Day On Earth.

On November 11th, 11.11.11, across the planet, documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens will record the human experience over a 24-hour period and contribute their voice to this second annual global day of media creation. One Day on Earth‘s first media creation event occurred on 10.10.10. The collaboration was the first ever simultaneous filming event occuring in every country of the world. It created a unique geo-tagged video archive as well as an upcoming feature film.

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Sound Off for Veteran’s Day

UPDATE: The earlier, dinner portion of the show has been cancelled as of 10/27/11. The latter part of the show is still on starting at 9pm!

We will be holding a special, off season benefit concert this Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11th (11-11-11). The show will be held at Champions Sports Bar in Highspire, PA and will feature an excellent lineup of bands and acoustic performers.
Tickets for this event are now available and can be purchased on this site for a limited time or by contacting Ric Albano, the event’s organizer.

The event will feature a complimentary buffet for ticket holders starting at 5 pm until 8 pm. Acoustic musicians will perform for the guests during the dinner. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). This non-profit organization assists combat-injured service members in re-integrating with their families, their jobs, and is some cases, provides vocational rehabilitation for those unable to perform jobs with their injuries.

In addition to raising money for the WWP, people are being asked to donate clothing items for use in the Harrisburg YWCA’s Homeless Veterans Program. Items the program needs are winter coats, shoes, pants, and shirts. Men’s and women’s sizes in any of these items are needed.

There are several ways that you can participate in or donate to this benefit:

  1. Stop by Champions and Enjoy the Show. The latter portion of the benefit is open to the public after 9:00pm for a $5 cover charge.
  2. Make an Online Donation. Simply click on the black “Make a Donation” box on the top right of this page and you can donate in honor of a veteran you know and love.
  3. Donate an Item. If you have an item of value which you’d like to donate for our raffle, please contact Chris Nelson via email nelsoncl36@hotmail.com in the very near future. Your donation may be tax deductible.
  4. Spread the Word!. If you think this is a worthwhile and valuable cause, please help out by telling everyone you know. We don’t have a tremendous advertising budget, so word-of-mouth is the most effective way to let people know what we are doing.

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Tickets Now On Sale!

UPDATE: The earlier, dinner portion of the show has been cancelled as of 10/27/11. The latter part of the show is still on starting at 9pm!


Tickets are now available online for Sound Off for Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11th at Champions Sports Bar in Highspire, PA. Tickets are $20 per person (plus a $2.50 handling fee) and will be available online only until October 25th. If you’d like to personally purchase tickets, please stop by Champions Sports Bar, 300 2nd Street, Highspire, PA. Or you can obtain tickets by emailing Ric Albano ric@33dimensions.com.

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Thank You!

Thanks to all of you who helped make this year’s event a success. With your help and support, we were able to raise close to $500 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Here’s looking forward to next year!

    – Chris Nelson, Founder, Sound Off for Vets

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The Power of Music

I think that before I start, I should warn you that I’m a hippie. No, not the kind that you see in the old pictures from the 60’s, but I believe, as the hippies did, that there is dignity in freedom and independence is priceless. I thnk that’s also called transcendentalism, but don’t quote me on that. I also share in the belief that music can change the world. No, really, stop laughing!

This week is the lead up to the second Sound Off for Vets concert that will be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (USA) this Saturday, May 21 starting at noon. During this time, I’ve noticed the good that music can achieve. Local musicians from all over central Pennsylvania have shown an interest in performing at the event and some even have asked to volunteer with putting on the event. There has been a large outpouring of support from the local cummunity either by sponsoring the event with a donation or donating a prize for the prize drawings. People from all walks of life have shown an interest in this and I think that it brings out the good in people. Although the cause is a good one and those returning from combat with injuries face a long hard road, the music plays a role in both indentfying this cause and, in a way, easing the suffering a little bit from the joy it brings to those who hear it.

Music plays a central part of all this simply because it is expression in its purest form. Last year, we had started out with very few people, since we held it on a thursday, but once we got going, the sound carrired to the other side of the river and people were coming over just to see what was going on. This year, we have grown in learning from our missteps from last year and building onto what was already here to make it bigger and better. We are part of this year’s Armed Forces Day celebration, an annual event in Harrisb urg highlighting our service men and women’s contributions and sacrifices. This event normally attracts a very large crowd. I am sure our music will attract these people to our show, our message, and ultimatly our cause. Music is what is bringing everyone together, in this case, calling attention to the Wounded Warrior Project and the plight of those who have been severly wounded in battle.

As a result of what happens here, the Wounded Warrior Project will be able to continue easing the transition of those severely wounded veterans who must now re-invent themselves in order to return to civilian life. During this event, people will meet, connections will be made, and friendships will be formed, all as a result of this effort. Through it all, the music is the prime ingredient which enabled all this to happen. There is power in music – the power to do good.

~
Chris Nelson

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2011 Sound Off T-Shirt

Here’s a look at what the official Sound Off for Vets T-shirts will look like:

Front Back
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The actual shirt will be light blue. Get yours for $10 the day of the show. Dont forget, all proceeds will be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project. This is a great way to show your support to our wounded troops.

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Sound Off 2 Hours Extended!

Sound Off for Vets has received permission to extend the May 21st show until 8:00pm!

This means potentially more artists and music will be added. Please check back as we adjust our schedule in the coming weeks.

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