Famous Singer Lends a Helping Hand

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Frankie Valens will perform a benefit concert at Highway Tabernacle Church in Austintown.

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?div_id=videoplayer-1365219687&height=510&page_count=5&pf_id=9626&va_id=4007827&width=480&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=480 height=510 div_id=videoplayer-1365219687 type=script]A singer from the 1960s will be in town this weekend to help raise money for Parkinson’s disease.

Frankie Valens will perform an oldies concert at the Highway Tabernacle Church in Austintown.

A dinner and auction were held with the singer on Friday night at the church.

Valens said it was a Facebook conversation with Ronald Moore of the Ohio Parkinson’s Association that brought him to Youngstown.

“He talked about coming out here to do an oldies concert for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, founded by Michael J. Fox and I,” said Valens. “Though I’m retired, but I thought this is a good cause, so I came out of retirement and decided to support this cause.”

Valens performed in Las Vegas in the 1960s, singing hits by other bands.

He retired from the music industry and is now a preacher in Kansas.

His concert will be held Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Highway Tabernacle Church.  Admission is free, but donations for Parkinson’s will be taken.

 

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