Shaler Moose concert to benefit Millvale man who lost home, business

August 6, 2018
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A GoFundMe page and benefit concert at the Moose in Shaler on Aug. 12 was organized by friends of Kurt Weitzel who lost most of his possessions to flooding on July 5, 2018. Weitzel was able to rescue his cat Larsen.

Area musicians are teaming up for a benefit concert on Sunday Aug. 12 to help a Millvale man who lost nearly all of his possessions when flood waters inundated the former Millvale church where he lives and works.

The concert and GoFundMe page were organized by friends of Kurt Weitzel, founder of Wild Flying Pig Productions -- a theatrical production house where he build custom props for events, parties and productions.

On July 5, the water rose to nearly 5 feet in the former Lutheran church along Evergreen Road where Weitzel lives.

“He was able to rescue his cat Larsen and anything above the 5-foot water level,” said friend Bob Butter, adding that this was the third time Weitzel’s property was damaged by flooding.

Word spread about Weitzel’s loss, prompting friends to look for ways to help out.

“Since Kurt has been affected by the local flooding on more than one occasion it became evident this time that some serious fund-raising efforts would be required to really make a difference in the recovery,” said long-time friend Steve Acri of Sharpsburg.

Another friend, Michael Evans of the group “The Shiners,” came up with the idea of holding the concert, Acri said.

“He got his band mates to donate their services as the house band and we approached local music legends Norman Nardini and Dave Hanner to participate along with several other local musicians,” he said.

Acri said Weitzel used the upper floors of the church to store the many large props he created over the years.

“But since he had his workshop and lived downstairs, nearly everything of value he owned was destroyed,” Acri said.

In addition to The Shiners, Nardini and Hanner, local musicians Gary Jacob, John Rickard and Matt Evans are scheduled to perform.

The all-ages show will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 1044 Saxonburg Boulevard. There will be a cash bar, 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction.

Tickets cost $20 at the door.

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