Summer Nights

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On Aug. 20, Hosanna House, Inc. with Leon Haynes III, executive director, and numerous sponsors and supporters hosted Summer Nights 2010 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hosanna House, Inc.

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HANDSOME TRIO—Leon Haynes II, Andrew Stockey, and D.C. Chandler.

More than 200 guests gathered and enjoyed a VIP reception and dined on delicacies prepared by chefs from P.F Chang’s China Bistro, The Culinary Artists, Catered Elegance and delightful desserts by Gourmet Apple Dessert Catering. During the night under the stars guests perused silent auction items, the artist walk and took chances on the Steeler recliner chair and the lottery tree with $100 in lottery tickets up for grabs. Jatawn Hamiel was the winner of the Steeler recliner while Angela Stribling walked about with the lottery tree. Andrew Stockey (WTAE) and the Soul Pitts founder Donna Baxter served as event emcees, adding a smooth flow to the performances.

On the music menu there was Roger Humphries, with D.C. Chandler performing a tribute to Ray Charles. Kenny Blake performed with Collaboration and the concert headliner Howard Hewett went all the way back to his Shalamar days and had the ladies falling all over him. Hewett made it a night to remember for many in the audience. He even added in a little “Second Time Around.” One of his number one fans, Timyka Artist (WPXI), was spotted in the audience singing along.

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JUST FOR YOU—Howard Hewett serenades Sonja Austin.

Haynes said he was excited about the evening and “when everybody gives everything something special happens.” Many artists and vendors donated their time and talent to benefit Hosanna House, Inc. Their mission is “people working together to provide opportunities that will empower families and individuals to discover, acknowledge and develop their maximum potential physically, spiritually and economically.” The entire event was to help young children and families. Haynes went on to say, “It’s about the kids you complain about, the kids who need help.”

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