Block party to help North Hills outreach organization |

Block party to help North Hills outreach organization

Acoustic Diversion band members, from left, drummer Jerode Habas of Baldwin, singer Beth Docherty of Hampton and guitarist Ken Mugridge of Plum will perform at the North Hills Community Outreach Neighborhood Block Party on April 21 at the Chadwick in McCandless.

Come hungry to the block party set to benefit Hampton-based North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO)

A “brownie bling bar” will be among food stations available during the fundraiser set for April 21 at the Chadwick in McCandless.

Last year, NHCO staged a similar benefit and dubbed it a street fair.

“The people that came last year loved it,” said NHCO spokeswoman Jennifer Kissel. “We're really hoping to make it our signature event.

“You can bring kids, because there will be a lot of child-oriented activities,” Kissel said. “Obviously, we'd like to get people who don't know very much about us.”

North Hills Community Outreach is an interfaith organization that addresses the needs of people in crisis, hardship and poverty.

In addition to Chadwick foods, the NHCO Neighborhood Block Party for all ages will offer entertainment by roving magician Al Mazing, a balloon artist, a face painter, a caricaturist and live music.

Tickets are $30, including visits to five food stations.

“The only thing people have to pay for is a silent auction,” said NHCO Executive Assistant Cheryl English, chairwoman of the event.

Red House, a jazz trio; Acoustic Diversion, a rock group; and a cappella singer Noah Pepmeyer will perform at the three-hour, weeknight party.

“We play an eclectic and very diverse mix,” said Acoustic Diversion vocalist Beth Docherty, 47, of Hampton. “We cover everybody from Sam Cooke and Carol King and Motown to Pink.”

Other band members are bass guitarist Ken Mugridge of Plum and drummer Jerode Habas of Baldwin. Docherty started Acoustic Diversion with Mugridge when both played in a folk group at Our Lady of Joy Roman Catholic Church in Plum.

“We've been together about 25 years,” said Docherty, wife of Acoustic Diversion soundman Jeff Semke.

Red House plays jazz from the early 20th century, including Brazilian bossa-nova classics. Red House members are mandolin player Jason Mohr, guitarist Dave Sandstrom and bassist Dave Chandler.

Last year, about 250 people attended NHCO's fundraising smorgasbord of food and entertainment.

“People were saying it's too much food. We can't eat it all,” chairwoman English said about the now annual benefit. “We're trying to build it as a family-friendly event, because our donors are getting older and older and we needed to find a way to reach younger people, especially people with children.”

Deborah Deasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-772-6369 or [email protected].

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