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"Call To Courage" auction a success

(Cleveland) - Clear Channel Media & Entertainment partnered with WKYC Channel 3 and the LaVilla Event Center to host a community benefit "Call to Courage" on Thursday from 5:30 to 9 pm. to assist Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight.

The $25,000 raised will go to the Cleveland Courage Fund. LaVilla Event Center at 11500 Brookpark Road donated their facility for the benefit and Party 411 Events is helped plan the evening's events.

"Call to Courage" was hosted by WKYC's Robin Swoboda and WTAM's Bill Wills.

"People across the community and the nation have been touched by this story, this miracle," said Rita Andolsen, WKYC Director of Advocacy & 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."

Music was provided by singer and pianist Mike Petrone and Monica Robins and the Ninja Cowboys, playing a mix of rock, 80's and country.

Local singer/songwriter Ashley Nemeh also performed a song written specifically to honor these three young women. Area restaurants donated their time and talents cooking up some of Cleveland's favorites, including Johnny's, Georgetown, Triv's, and numerous others.

Dozens of area businesses donated items for a silent auction and raffle with numerous items including concert tickets and meet and greets for 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, Justin Bieber, and STAIND will be up for grabs.

The Cavaliers Kyrie Irving donated a signed basketball, jersey and hat.

T-shirts that have been distributed by area restaurants in exchange for donations to the Cleveland Courage Fund were available. Fortney & Weygandt, Inc. General Contractors generously donated funds to cover the cost of producing this batch of t-shirts.

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