The night that might not have happened because of the untimely closing of The Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill turned out to be an amazing night of music for those who filled the White Plains Performing Arts Center to support The Justin Veatch Fund and the amazing music of Bernie Williams and his All Star band. Less than two weeks before our October 20th show at the Paramount we were faced with the possibility of not only failing to stage our long-planned concert but leaving ticket holders no refund on top of it. Fortunately that fact was recognized by Paramount board chairman Vinnie Vesce who went to bat to raise donations to replace the lost ticket revenue by bringing to the plate some very generous donors. Those who contributed include Cary Fields, Mr. & Mrs Dominick Bertoline, John Saraceno of Drum Hill Associates, Ken Goldblatt of Goldblatt & Associates, P.C, Vincent A Vesce of V. Squared Strategies LLC, Gateway Security Inc., Mark Franzoso of Franzoso Contracting, James J. Hahn, Daniel E. Putnam, Keith & Christine Bobolia, Jay Bilotta, Chuck Newman of Charles J. Newman Co, LLC, and George & Marianne Oros. We also thank executive director Lisa Reiss and theater manager Jay LaPierre who volunteered their time to make sure the concert went on without any glitches.
The show itself was amazing as Bernie Williams and his 9 piece all star band thrilled the audience with renditions of “Just Another Day” and other famous tracks from Bernie’s first two albums. Williams also surprised the audience by joining the Justin Veatch Fund All Stars’ opening act by sitting in on their last two songs. On top of that, three of our teen performers, Mark McIntyre, Gabby Landicino and John Venezia, were invited on stage to join in Williams’ encore song “Domino”. The result was a priceless experience for our teens and McIntyre thrilled not only the crowd but also the pros with his solo guitar work.
The success of our night to benefit The Justin Veatch Fund was only tempered by the fact that instead of the opportunity to fill 1,000 seats at The Paramount, the WPPAC only has 410 seats. But that was offset by the generosity of Williams who signed a new acoustic guitar donated by The Guitar Center that is being auctioned off to benefit The Fund. We want to thank our partners at The Guitar Center at Ridge Hill in Yonkers for their generous donation of a Breedlove Acoustic Guitar. Stop by and say hi to manager Greg Tysch whose generous community involvement has supported us. Williams has also donated a personal appearance, agreeing to hold a jam session for the highest bidder to benefit the fund. Bernie will come to your home, school or office for an event participants will never forget! The jam session is being auctioned by Steiner Sports http://auction.steinersports.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prrfnbr=197202071&prmenbr=55076099&aunbr=197548781
You can purchase prints, DVDs, and HD clips from David Miller’s website.