WALLINGFORD — George Vertucci said that many years ago he went through a tough time and used the services of Master’s Manna, a local food pantry and community resource center.
“I want to give something back to the community that took care of me,” Vertucci said Wednesday.
He and his brother, Aaron, organized a benefit event on behalf of Master’s Manna called “2018 Rock, Roll and Magic,” scheduled for Sept. 7 at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn, 1074 S. Colony St.
Vertucci said he has an attendance goal of 250 people, and he’s about halfway there in tickets sold. With the show a week away, he’s still working hard to promote the event.
He said he reached out to print, radio and local TV, stopping by the Record-Journal Wednesday on his way to deliver four sold tickets.
“We’ll just do the best we can,” he said.
An early-bird special ticket is $35 if purchased by Friday. After that, tickets are $40 per person with no reserved seating.
A table of 10 tickets with reserved seating is $400 per table. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time, as none will be sold at the door.
In addition to organizing the event, Vertucci will be performing with his Foreigner tribute band, Feels Like the First Time.
Other entertainment includes cover band Redzone and magician Jim Sisti.
The menu includes chicken, pasta, salad and dessert. There will be a cash bar.
Gail Powell, Master’s Manna board of directors chairwoman, said Vertucci contacted her earlier in the summer about organizing the event.
“People have food drives, birthday fundraisers on Facebook that we know about after the fact,” Powell said. “Something of this size, we partnered with (Vertucci) to get in on board.”
For its part, Master’s Manna has sold tickets and promoted the event.
“We are extremely humbled by the desire of (Vertucci) and his brother to do something like this on our behalf,” Powell said. “To have somebody we helped out looking to help us out, we very much appreciate it.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event runs until 11:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and entertainment starts at 8 p.m. Raffles will be held at 11 p.m., along with a 50/50 drawing and gift certificates.
“I’m very hopeful we’ll have a good attendance,” Powell said.
For tickets, call Vertucci at 475-238-2444.