Gannon University Presents Gem City Stage: The Voices of Erie

Posted: April 11, 2015

Gannon University presents Gem City Stage: The Voices of Erie, a benefit concert and karaoke-style competition on Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. at Molly Brannigans Restaurant, 506 State St.

The night will feature The Sam Hyman Band backing guest vocalists as diverse as Kayti Stadler,'s "Downtown Diva," and Rev. Michael Kesicki, Gannon University's associate vice president of mission and ministry.

Guest singers will perform their songs and move to a challenge round where audience members will be encouraged to vote for their favorite singer by making donations in that singer's name. The singer who raises the most donations will win the competition.

The real winner, though, will be Gannon University's T.R.A.V.E.L. (Transforming Residents Abroad Via Engaged Learning) Program, which encourages students to live on campus in intentional communities, meet regularly to study a variety of topics together in partnership with two co-facilitators, and travel together to the international destination of their choice. The event will also benefit the planned Gannon University Alternative Break Service Trip to Zambia.

"The tagline for 'Gem City Stage: The Voices of Erie' is 'Go Global, Shine Local,' because we believe it benefits our whole community when students who are future employees and leaders travel, learn and serve abroad," said Laura Goble, director of Gannon's Center for Social Concerns and the organizer of the event. "Student groups work hard to scrape together the funds to do so. This event gives the broader community an opportunity to invest in them in a way that puts the fun back into fundraising."

The event is free and all ages are welcome.

For more information, contact the Center for Social Concerns at 814-871-7433 or at 

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