YOUNGSTOWN — The success of last September’s Y Live concert at Stambaugh Stadium — featuring Blake Shelton, Justin Moore and Tyler Farr — was music to the ears of local nonprofit groups, which raised $27,176 from the event.
“Our support of these groups through this event is part of our greater effort to foster a sense of community within the city that supports us and our events,” Eric Ryan, CEO of JAC Live and creator of Y Live, said in a news release. “All the groups that have benefited over the past three years help us out as well, ensuring the event runs smoothly and is successful all around. It only makes sense for us to give back and nurture those relationships that benefit a wide range of community members.”
Groups raise funds by volunteering to work in concession areas during the event. United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley was the largest recipient of the donations, receiving $15,000.
“The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley is a true partner in the success of Y Live. We are so thankful for all they do to make this event a reality,” Ryan said.
“We are so thankful to everyone involved in Y Live — Eric Ryan, Ed Muransky and [Youngstown State University] President [Jim] Tressel — for including us in this amazing community event,” said Bob Hannon, president of United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. “This generous donation from Y Live will help us provide art programming to the students in our Success After 6 afterschool programs. We are able to expose these children to experiences they may never get a chance to have otherwise,” Hannon said.