Tickets remain available for Youth Network’s Retro Night on Feb. 25

STEUBENVILLE — Tickets remain available for the Ohio Valley Youth Network’s first fundraiser Retro Night dinner and concert it will host on Feb. 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 235 N. Fourth St.

Pastor Bobbyjon Bauman, president of the OVYN, said the event will feature hits from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s performed by more than 20 area high school and college-age youth and was inspired after he saw adults perform last year at Quinn Memorial A.M.E. Church of Steubenville’s Retro Night fundraiser.

“Quinn had traditionally run it every other year, and I asked permission to do a Retro Night on the off year with youth after attending the adult night last year and thinking to myself that I thought the youth would love putting on the event and performing as well,” Bauman explained.

“Patricia Fletcher (of Quinn AME) is going to help me run it this year, and it will benefit the Ohio Valley Youth Network and will be all youth performers,” Bauman said, noting that in 2018, Quinn will have its adult performers at its fundraiser, then OVYN will return in 2019 with another round of youth showcasing their talents.

Headliners for the February fundraiser will be three overall winners of the Valley’s Got Talent, one of many activities the OVYN sponsors. They are Savannah Grant, 2016 winner; Jacqueline Shea, 2015 winner; and Elisha Fletcher, 2014 winner.

The performers also portray the artists whose selections they have chosen to sing.

Participants will include: Sammy Allison, “Just The Way You Are,” Billy Joel; Isaac Bauman, “God Only Knows,” The Beach Boys; Elisha Fletcher, “I Believe I Can Fly,” R. Kelly; Glory Dami, “Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin; Alexandra Kaine, “The Rose,” Bette Midler; Mariyka Sich, “Someone’s Watching Over Me,” Hillary Duff; Frankie Russell, “No One Needs To Know,” Shania Twain; Courtnie Bube, “Oceans,” Hillsong United; Jacqueline Shea, “Only Hope,” Mandy Moore; Christiana Westlake, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” Sinead O’Conner; Trey Freeman, “Hallelujah/Suzanne,” Leonard Cohen; Connor Yoho, “Hey There Delilah,” Plain White T’s; Katlin Rayl, “Since You’ve Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson; Mary Joy Cutler, “Black Coffee,” Peggy Lee; The Choir Chums (Ethan O’Nan, Annalyn Rhine, Rose Bergsma, Jim Craig), “Gee I Wish I Was Back In The Army,” Bing Crosby, Vera Allen, Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye; Gemma Nelson and Michael Manocchia, “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Andrea Boccelli; Ally Tweedy, “Up To The Mountain,” Patti Griffin; Autumn Duckworth, “Breakeven,” The Script; Savannah Grant, “At Last” Etta James; The Allegheny Angels (Emily Bauman, Gabrielle Peterson, Glory Dami, Courtnie Bube, Frankie Russell, Mariyka Sich and Shelby Styer), “God Bless the Broken Road,” Rascal Flatts; and Therese Nelson, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain,” Joan Jett.

Other artists include Chloe Lei and The Fletcher Boyz.

The cost for the meal catered by Manfred’s and concert will be $20 which will benefit the OVYN, a 501 (c)3 organization that Bauman said puts on positive events such as The Valley’s Got Talent; iServe days of community service; nine area before-school Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bible studies; the Sonshine Bible Club; and the Fellowship of Christian Students group from Eastern Gateway Community College.

Tickets can be purchased at Historic Fort Steuben; Nelson’s Fine Arts and Gifts, 980 Lincoln Ave., Steubenville; and at online at eventbrite.com. The reservation deadline is Sunday. For details or tickets contact Bauman by phone at (608) 556-3068 or by e-mail to bobbyjonbauman@gmail.com. The website is www.valleyyouthworkersnetwork.weebly.com.

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