Gross to headline animal welfare

Submitted photo Henry Gross

By Joseph Pratt

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Musician Henry Gross recently spoke on local radio with host Steve Hayes, where he admitted to being an avid animal lover. Running with this information, an event has been planned featuring a performance by Gross at Port City Café and Pub, with proceeds to benefit the local no kill shelter, Sierra’s Haven for New and Used Pets.

Gross is mostly known for his association with the hit group Sha Na Na, as well as the song “Shannon.” The group’s popularity soared after its performance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Gross actually claims to be the youngest person to perform in the festival that year. He didn’t stay with the band long, before venturing on to perform and record solo, which he has continued since.

“I think it is a great idea,” Sierra’s Haven Founder Dr. Gail Counts said. “Mr. Gross is an animal lover and it is a great combination to put us together with him. We have high hopes of bringing everyone together for a great evening to listen to his music and relax.”

Counts explained that the shelter isn’t currently in a fiscal emergency, but the situation is always right around the corner, since they have a massive monthly operating cost of $22 to $25,000 and an annual budget of $250,000.

Cory Maillet, staff and bar manager of Port City Café and Pub, explained that the night will feature hors d’oeurves and five tastes of draft beer or wine.

“We have a very intimate platform for this type of event for the performers and patrons,” Maillet explained. “Being able to help in this way makes us feel really good as a pub. I know all of us are animal lovers and we have used Sierra’s Haven in the past. It is just really great to see such a wonderful organization that is here to help animals receive assistance like this.”

The event is billed as “An Intimate Evening with Henry Gross,” and will be held June 18 at Port City Café. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for social hour of wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres. Henry Gross will begin performing at 7:30 p.m. and a cash bar will be available. Admission to the event is $100.00 and all funds will go towards Sierra’s Haven for New and Used Pets.

Only 120 tickets are available. Tickets can be purchased at WNXT, Port City Café and Pub, Shawnee Animal Clinic, and Sierra’s Haven. Tickets can also be bought online at

Reach Joseph Pratt at 740-353-3101, ext. 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.

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