The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 25, 2014

JSO, Bottle Works to benefit from Valentine's Day fundraiser

JOHNSTOWN — Valentine’s Day brings expectations of fun and chocolate, and a local first-time fundraiser will deliver.

“Chocolate, Hearts & Harmony,” the first Valentine’s Day fundraiser for Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and Bottle Works, will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 14 at the Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

“The JSO is thrilled to partner with Bottle Works for the first Chocolate, Hearts & Harmony fundraiser,” said Brooke Welsh, executive director of Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.

“The evening will be filled with chocolate delights, romantic music, a high-energy dance band, a silent auction and art from local artists.”

Welsh came up with the idea for the fundraiser by brainstorming with other young professionals.

“We wanted an event that would appeal to those who are younger and new to the JSO as well as our current audience,” Welsh said.

“We thought of Bottle Works as a partner, and when we tried to think of a good day, I mentioned we don’t have a February concert. We checked, and Valentine’s Day is a Friday.”

Welsh hopes to accomplish three goals by holding the joint fundraiser.

The first is to raise funds for the symphony as well as Bottle Works, the second is to become stronger by partnering with an area arts organization and the third is to bring a new and younger audience to the symphony while still appealing to the current audience.

“We want to be creative in reaching out to a younger demographic,” Welsh said.

“It can be difficult to gain their interest and get a foot in the door. We want them to learn about the symphony.”

Welsh believes she will reach all of her goals and is pleased to have Bottle Works involved representing another arts organization.

“You can overlap to enjoy the arts,” Welsh said.

“As a member of the planning committee, I would like to invite all in our community looking for a fun night out on Valentine’s Day to this affordable event for couples, singles, friends and everyone who loves the arts.”

The joint fundraiser will celebrate two arts’ organizations that are at the heart of the Johnstown community, and the dress code will be winter chic semiformal.

The event will begin at 8 and feature performances by soloists from the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and chamber music ensembles.

Featured musicians are Sasha Shapiro, principal violinist with the symphony; Beth Pile, principal second violinist with the symphony; A Touch of Brass; and Element Piano Trio.

Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy chocolate delights from L&D Candies and Blaine Boring Chocolates and savory appetizers from Sunnehanna Country Club and Press Bistro.

Husband and wife Tyler Trimbath and Chelsea Mihalko Trimbath will serve as honorary chairs.

Tyler Trimbath is vice president of Pittsburgh-based Rent Jungle & Community Elf, which specializes in online marketing and promoting available real estate properties.

Chelsea Mihalko Trimbath is operations manager at Mihalko’s General Contracting.

They believe it is an asset for a community such as Johnstown to have access to a symphony and rich art history.

Their goal is to make sure the young professionals of west-central Pennsylvania are exposed to the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and Bottle Works.

“Wonderful things are happening in Johnstown,” Tyler Trimbath said.

“We’re proud to help promote the area’s accomplishments.”

The evening will include a silent auction and raffle prizes.

Local artists Sally Stewart and Mark Ed will transform violins into beautiful artwork to be featured in the auction.

Other items include jewelry, wine, restaurant gift certificates and getaways to area bed and breakfasts.

The evening will conclude with the Bachelor Boys Band, a high-energy dance band performing a mix of jazz and swing, contemporary, old school dance floor, electro dance, classic rock, soul, Motown and funk.

They are a full-time professional group of musicians who tailor their instruments and the size of the band depending on taste and the band size preferred.

The band’s size can range from three to 14.

The Bachelor Boys play mostly in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, Va., and Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas, but have performed all around the world.

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What: “Chocolate, Hearts & Harmony.”

When: 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 14.

Where: Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Tickets: $25.

Informaton: 535-6738 or

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