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A benefit for Gina, Amanda and Michelle

A benefit for Gina, Amanda and Michelle

(Brooklyn)- Clear Channel Media & Entertainment along with WKYC and LaVilla Event Center are hosting a community benefit "Call to Courage" Thursday to help Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

The three women and Berry's daughter were rescued from a home on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland after being held captive for more than ten years.

All the money raised will go to the Cleveland Courage Fund through the Cleveland Foundation.

"People across the community and the nation have been touched by this story, this miracle," says Rita Andolsen, WKYC Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives. "We decided to host this event to give the community a chance to celebrate the courage of Amanda, Gina and Michelle and to give people a way to show their support."

LaVilla Event Center 11500 Brookpark Road in Brooklyn has donated their facility and services for the benefit and party 411 events helped plan the events.

Music will be provided by singer and pianist Mike Petrone and Monica Robbins and the Ninja Cowboys will be playing a mix of rock, 80's and country. Local singer/songwriter Ashley Nemeh will also perform a song written specifically to honor these three young women.

A number of restaurants have donated food like Johnny’s, Georgetown, Triv's and numerous others. Tickets can be purchased at the door. General admission is $20 and includes heavy appetizers and soft drinks. A cash bar with wine and beer is also available. Parking is free.

Dozens of area businesses have donated items for a silent auction and raffle including concert tickets and meet and greets with Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan and Rascal Flats. Autographed guitars by Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and STAIND will be up for grabs. Kyrie Irving is donating a signed basketball, jersey and hat.

WTAM's Bill Wills and WKYC's Robin Swoboda are hosting the event. Other radio and TV personalities you have a chance to meet include WKYC's Russ Mitchell, Betsy Kling and Jim Donovan, WGAR's Brian and Leeann, Rover and Duji from WMMS and WMJI's Mark Nolan.

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