Entertainment with a Purpose

Although it’s been well over a month since flood waters devastated parts of our region, there are still plenty of families struggling to rebuild their lives.

And when people in Northeastern Pennsylvania are in need, their neighbors rally to help – the proof is in the number of upcoming benefits planned to help flood victims. From comedy shows to concerts, local artists, community volunteers and business owners are hosting several events this week to raise money for local flood victims.

We caught up with Jeannine Luby, of Laugh to Live; local musician Jim Cullen; and Stephen Perillo, of Making a Difference Ministries, all of whom are planning benefits this week.

Take a look at what they have lined up for us, and mark your calendar so you don’t miss a chance to help your community while having fun with your friends.

Keep Wine-ing, He Might Start to Look Like Prince Charming: A Special Show

She’s well known for hosting great "Girls Night Out" comedy showcases, and now Jeanine Luby, author of He’s Not Prince Charming When... is branching out for a special show on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 400 Spruce St., Scranton (inside you’ll find Nimble Hill Winery, Cangiano’s Italian Specialties and Chocolate Creations). All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross and will be used to help local flood victims.

Most recently, Luby’s shows have been marketed to women and they’ve featured Luby and a female comic. This show will be different, featuring Luby and three local male comics, Paul Spratt, Joseph Bryan and John Walton. They’ll welcome ladies as well as their favorite guys to enjoy an evening of comic relief, wine and great food for a good cause. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance by calling 650-7518, or you can purchase them at the door. (The show is best suited for those age 18 and older, and wine will be available to those over 21 with ID). For more information, visit notprincecharming.com.


Flood Relief Concert for People in Need

A family-friendly concert featuring contemporary, Christian music will be held at Genetti’s in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Hosted by Making a Difference Ministries, all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. "Whenever there is a disaster, both organizations reach out to assist those in need," Perillo said.

Perillo continues to receive calls from families devastated by the flood, particularly in Nescopeck, Shickshinny and Moconaqua. While the need has been great, Perillo said the response from individuals and businesses in the area has been tremendous. "We just had a family contact us that lost everything. We made some phone calls and people responded wonderfully. We were able to give them couches, a chair, clothing and some really nice items to help them start over again."

By offering an evening of music by Waters Edge, Choose This Day and Kendall Mosley, a fun party menu including pizza, sandwiches, soda and popcorn, Perillo hopes to welcome people of all ages to this benefit. "We need to reach out to the people who were devastated by this flood, and this is an opportunity to come to an event, listen to some great music, and you can even bring grandma or your children with you," he said. "And every penny will within the local area."

For tickets or more information, call 899-2264 or email steve@unitybymusic.org.


Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The Mellow Theater at Lackawanna College, 500 Vine St., Scranton, will be rocking on Thursday, Oct. 27, with Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Tickets are $10 (or more, if you would like to donate more) and all proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to benefit local flood victims.

The event will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and includes a full-line up of some of the area’s most well-known musicians: Jim Cullen & Friends; Dani-elle; Michele Conaboy of Daddy O and the Sax Maniacs; Sarah Yzkanin of Dealer in Wares; Jigsaw Johnny; Fab 3; East Coast Trio; Senator John Blake; Flaxy Morgan; The Coal Town Rounders; The Big 3; and The Wanabees.

Cullen and a group of volunteers, including Phil Rossi and Thom Welby, organized the event in support of all those who are still trying to rebuild their lives following last month’s flood. Cullen said the generosity among musicians and business owners has been wonderful. "We could have asked 100 bands to play, and they all would have been supportive," he said. "This will be a fun night and we’re hoping to raise some money for these families."

For more information, contact Cullen at CullenJ@lackawanna.edu and visit Neighbors Neighbors Helping Neighbors Benefit Concert on Facebook.


Red Cross Local Flood Relief Fund

If your social calendar is already filled this week, but you’d still like to help local flood victims, you may donate to the "Red Cross Local Flood Relief" at P.O. Box 526, Scranton, PA 18501, or make a contribution online at localfloodrelief.com. This fund was established by Times-Shamrock Communications, parent of The Times-Tribune, and other newspapers and radio stations across Northeastern Pennsylvania, in partnership with WNEP Channel 16. Funds collected will be used to help the American Red Cross provide disaster relief to local flood victims.

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