Persinger, jazz trio plan Roanoke benefit

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The Cottage Event Center’s annual concert fundraiser for Toys For Tots again features vocalist Shannon Persinger backed by a jazz trio led by pianist Eric Clancy.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec.1, at the the Roanoke venue at 9524 U.S. 24. Tickets are $12. To buy tickets, call (260) 483-3508, link to PayPal from cottageeventcenter.com, or visit John’s Meat Market in Roanoke.

Food will be available from Moose & Mollie’s. A cash bar will be available.

Persinger performs a variety of musical styles, ranging from jazz to country and pop. Previously part of the duo Shade N Shannon, Persinger is a frequent vocalist at The Chapel in Fort Wayne. Many of her previous performances at The Cottage Event Center have sold out.

Keyboardist Clancy is a former adjunct professor of jazz theory at Huntington University who has been a professional musician since the 1990s. Clancy teaches piano at the Sweetwater Academy in Fort Wayne and performed several times at Jeff Fest in Huntington. His trio also includes Michael Patterson on upright bass and Mark Vincenti on percussion.

Toys for Tots will provide gifts for over 500 Huntington County young people, from infants to teenagers. The organization will collect toys until mid-December, utilizing drop-off boxes at various businesses in the area.

Toys for Tots began in 1947 in Los Angeles. It is expected that the group will distribute toys to over 13 million children nationwide in 2017. Find more information at www.toysfortots.org.