The Youngstown Music Awards organization selected CreativeBridge Coalition as its non-profit recipient to share proceeds from its first annual awards ceremony held November 30 at the Rodeo Music Hall in Austintown, OH. The event was a huge success, with more than 1,100 guests gathering to recognize the remarkable musical talent emanating from the Youngstown area. Presenters included our own Bill Bodine and former WBA Lightweight Champion, Youngstown native, and CBC Advisory Board member Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.
The choice of CBC as a partner charity seemed logical to Bill Bodine, co-founder of CBC and musical native of the Youngstown area. “My CBC partner, Dan Marshall, and I have a history in the area’s local music evolution. Dan had been in the New Hudson Exit and Roadshow and I played with the Citations before we joined forces to create Brainchild – a band that had a very real presence in the area in the early 1970s. Decades later, Dan and I have worked hard to create a non-profit that connects music-based programs with special needs kids, and we’re proud of our decision to focus a part of our work in the Mahoning Valley. We’re grateful to Michael Kermec for all he’s doing to promote the Valley’s long tradition of music with these Youngstown Music Awards, and for his decision to include CBC in the mix.”
The evening’s success resulted in a contribution to the CreativeBridge Coalition of more than $3000. Kermec plans to make the Youngstown Music Awards an annual event and hopes to continue his support for the local programs that CreativeBridge Coalition currently has underway at the Rich Center for Autism in Youngstown and the Fairhaven School in Niles.
(Left to right) CBC Advisory Board member and (left) Youngstown’s own former World Champion boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was one of the evening’s celebrity guests. Tina Mancini and CBC’s Bill Bodine enjoy the evening’s festivities. (bottom) Toni Bezdek and her husband Bryce shared our table at the event along with Tina & Ray Mancini, Ryan Ross, and Linda Wellendorf & Bill Bodine representing CreativeBridge Coalition.
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