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April 9, 2013

Concert will benefit Wounded Warrior Project

JOHNSTOWN — The inaugural Wounded Warrior Project benefit concert will be held at 7 p.m. April 20 at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College’s Richland Township campus.

The college’s Beta Epsilon Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is organizing an evening of country music featuring Daryle Singletary, with Justin McBride as the opening act.

Doors open at 6 p.m., which will give people an opportunity to ride a mechanical bull.

Singletary is a hard-core country traditionalist who has built a career based on musical integrity.

When he left his Georgia home in 1990 to find fortune in Nashville, Tenn., his only objective was to make a living playing county music.

Singletary earned his notoriety for country authenticity with such unforgettable hits as “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” “Amen Kind of Love” and “The Note.”

His album “Rockin’ In The Country” further polishes his reputation for finding brilliantly written country songs and singing them to perfection.

On past albums, some of the greatest talents in his industry have lined up to sing with him, including George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs, John Anderson and Rhonda Vincent.

McBride is a former professional on the Professional Bull Rider’s Built Ford Tough Series Tour.

He is a two-time world champion bull rider, has a record 32 career wins, and was the first professional bull rider to earn more than $5 million in his career.

He is a country music singer and is also one of the color commentators of Professional Bull Rider telecasts on CBS and NBC sports networks.

Upon his retirement, McBride focused on music the same as he had on bull riding by going out and “getting after it.”

“Depending on the attendance with this first attempt, we will make a determination about future concerts,” said Sue Brugh, director of student activities and Phi Theta Kappa adviser.

Brugh said the objective was to raise as much money as possible to assist the Wounded Warrior Project.

“We felt that a county concert would give us the most bang for our buck, thus being the most cost effective,” she said.

The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid to meet the needs of injured service members.

Brugh was quick to point out that the fundraiser fulfilled most of the hallmarks that the honor society champions – fellowship, leadership, service and scholarship.

“Community service, a hallmark of Phi Theta Kappa, is infused into every member of the college’s Beta Epsilon Omega chapter,” Brugh said.

“Each member takes pride in helping others, and proceeds will be donated to the deserving Wounded Warrior Project.”

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students with proper identification and

$10 for all veterans with military ID.

All adult tickets are $25 at the door.

For information or to order advance tickets, contact Brugh at 262-6463.

Tickets may also be purchased at the student activities office at the Richland Township campus.

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