Tsunami Benefit - March 15, 2005

Late last year, flood waters ravaged both Western Pennsylvania and South East Asia. Although the disasters were thousands of miles apart by distance and culture, the resulting needs are very much the same. Families are homeless in both places, creating a difficult situation for the Salvation Army to fund and support both crises.

Thanks to a contingent of Pittsburgh-area musicians and community leaders, both Tsunami victims and area homeless families will reap the benefits of A Concert For Humanity, slated for Tuesday, March 15 at Dowe's on 9th in downtown Pittsburgh. The minimum entry donation of $25 per person will be split evenly between tsunami relief and The Salvation Army's downtown Pittsburgh Family Crisis Center and Shelter. Checks and credit cards will be accepted at the door

"We were delighted when two local entertainers and community leaders approached The Salvation Army and offered their skills and support," said Lt. Colonel Joseph DeMichael, The Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Divisional Leader. Tim Stevens and Luther Dejarunett were moved by the suffering seen in the media, immediately following the South East Asia tsunami. They were also wise enough to ask The Salvation Army what type of assistance we actually needed. DeMichael explained, "Although it's not always a dramatic news event, there is suffering and need right here in our own back yard on a daily basis. A Concert for Humanity illustrates the dual need for supporting our brothers and sisters overseas, without forgetting our, here at home

Many people are eagerly donating their time and talents to make this eight-hour festival come to life. Hollowood Music of McKees Rocks is graciously underwriting a wide array of musical instruments and amplifiers. Al Dowe is donating his club, Al Dowe's on 9th to host the event. Funding is also being provided by The Black and White Reunion, founded by Tim Stevens following the death of Johnny Gammage. "We are deeply humbled by the outreach and interest on the part of these participants," said Lt. Colonel DeMichael. My wife, Gladys, and I are now in our final year of Salvation Army service. We have been continually amazed at the level of generosity and support given to The Salvation Army by the people of Western Pennsylvania.

Johnny Angel and the Halos
Five Guys Named Moe featuring Jimmy Sapienza
Frenchy Burrito and the Folk Pistols
Kenny Blake...Steve Trettle...Dwayne Dolphin..Keith Stebler
Anthony Crunk...Hakim Rasheed...Natalie Hogan
Ken Karsh...Al Dowe and Etta Cox
Tommy Parker...Nino Storm... Tim Jenkins...Brian Wright
Mark Strickland...Delphine Russell... Tarella Mimidis
Salvation Army officer, Captain Lillita Davis...Walk By Faith

Tim Stevens...Sandy Staley...Billy Mancini...Shawnee Lake
poets KL and Ashley Cole
The Old School Band featuring
Luther Dejarunett and Flora Wilson
House of Soul
Emcees: former mayor Sophie Maslof...Tony Mowod-WDUQ
Anji and Brother Matt-WAMO...Darieth Chisolm-WPXI
Patrice King Brown-KDKA...Chris Moore...KDKA
Bob Studebaker-WDUQ...Mayor Tom Murphy