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Warriors Rock concert in Greensburg helps Operation StrongVet

Dawn Law
| Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
(Front, from left), William Austraw, 6 and his brother, Andreau Austraw, 9, both of Latrobe, were two of the children to join the stage with Gary Racan, (back), to sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner', during the annual Warriors Rock Concert to benefit Operation Strong Vet, presented by and featuring Gary Racan and the studio-e band, held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, August 15, 2015.
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(Front, from left), William Austraw, 6 and his brother, Andreau Austraw, 9, both of Latrobe, were two of the children to join the stage with Gary Racan, (back), to sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner', during the annual Warriors Rock Concert to benefit Operation Strong Vet, presented by and featuring Gary Racan and the studio-e band, held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, August 15, 2015.
Jordan Crescenzi, (back), of Harrisburg, joins (from left), Arnie Cutrell, Maureen Cutrell and Emily Cutrell, all of Greensburg, at the annual Warriors Rock Concert to benefit Operation Strong Vet, presented by and featuring Gary Racan and the studio-e band, held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, August 15, 2015.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Jordan Crescenzi, (back), of Harrisburg, joins (from left), Arnie Cutrell, Maureen Cutrell and Emily Cutrell, all of Greensburg, at the annual Warriors Rock Concert to benefit Operation Strong Vet, presented by and featuring Gary Racan and the studio-e band, held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, August 15, 2015.
Gary Racan performs at the annual Warriors Rock Concert to benefit Operation Strong Vet, presented by and featuring Gary Racan and the studio-e band, held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, August 15, 2015.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Gary Racan performs at the annual Warriors Rock Concert to benefit Operation Strong Vet, presented by and featuring Gary Racan and the studio-e band, held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Saturday evening, August 15, 2015.

The audience (including sponsor Levin Furniture's president, Robert Levin) danced in the aisles and joined together to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” Aug. 15 during Warriors Rock.

Held at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, the concert was put on by former Vogues singer Gary Racan and his Studio-E Band. It was a tribute to veterans as well as a fundraiser for Operation StrongVet.

Operation StrongVet is a southwestern Pennsylvania nonprofit formed to consolidate veterans' services and provide “immediate access to the physical, emotional, legal, residential, and job training support that veterans need to succeed.”

According to strongvetwpa.org, one in 12 residents in the region is a veteran, resulting in the nation's “highest ratio of vets to civilian population but the lowest rate of transition into the labor market.”

Hap Evans, president of Allgreen Inc., and his wife Andrea, of Middlesex, Butler County, made the winning bid in a live auction for a red, white and blue guitar signed by Ted Nugent to benefit Operation StrongVet.

Seen at Warriors Rock: Patti Lebin with her children, Emily, 13, Ethan, 10, and Ava, 7; Karla Mitchell with daughters Anna, 13, and Claire, 7; Tim and Adele Bach; Emily Cutrell; Maureen Cutrell; Arnie Cutrell; Jordan Crescenzi; Herb andShirley Ratner; and Bill Kilgore Sr. and his son Bill Kilgore Jr., both Marines from Kittanning.

— Dawn Law

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