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November 9, 2013

Fundraiser to benefit Johnstown Free Medical Clinic

— This fundraiser takes place so a medical clinic doesn’t have to sing the blues.

The 14th annual Night of Rock, Rhythm and Blues will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors will open at 6:30 for this major fundraiser for Johnstown Free Medical Clinic, said Holly Shomo, a medical clinic board member and co-chairwoman for the event along with Eileen Ramirez.

There will be a buffet meal, with the menu not yet determined, and a cash bar.

Entertainment will begin at 8 with The Billy Price Band, a blues night regular.

“He likes to play the event, and we like having him,” Shomo said. “He’s a good draw. We get between 200 to 300 or more.”

The band is known for its new interpretations of blues, rhythm and blues and soul classics.

Price, a Pittsburgh native, has been entertaining audiences for 30 years and formed the band in 1990.

With Price on lead vocals, other band members are Steve Delach on guitar; Jason Hollar on bass; Dave Dodd on drums; Jimmy Britton on keyboards; Joe Herndon on trumpet; Eric DeFade on tenor sax; and Rick Matt on baritone and tenor sax.

Johnstown Free Medical Clinic is located at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Lee Campus at 340 Main St. in downtown Johnstown and provides medical and pharmaceutical care to uninsured members of the community.

“We’re celebrating our 15th anniversary of providing this free service to the community,” Shomo said. “I’ve been involved since it was a thought.”

Proceeds from the evening will go toward patient-related costs such as pharmaceutics and diagnostic testing.

“Our professional staff of physicians, nurses and pharmacists are all volunteers,” Shomo said. “We’re open by appointment only so patients don’t have to sit for hours waiting. We have income requirements, but we see anyone initially to gauge their needs.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and are available at the medical clinic, Ace’s, George’s Song Shop in downtown Johnstown, The Little Shop at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and the Lee Shoppe at Conemaugh Memorial’s Lee Campus.

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