Carbondale fan meets Luke Bryan
Through the assistance of Band-Aids, Gianna DeAntonio’s dream of meeting country singer Luke Bryan came true.
Gianna, alongside her father and mother, John and Roseann DeAntonio of Carbondale, rocked out during Bryan’s “What Makes You Country Tour” on Aug. 19 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Florida.
Band-Aids was founded by Michael J. Pisanchyn Jr. and sends people with intellectual disabilities and illnesses to the concert of their choice.
“Gianna loves, loves, loves Luke Bryan and has been singing along to his songs since she was just 3 years old,” said Roseann.
The family not only attended the show, but also were invited to Luke’s Lounge before the show, where the singer performed a two-song pre-show acoustic set.
Gianna also met with Bryan himself.
Last July, Band-Aids also sent Preston Cosklo, of Forest City, to Bryan’s Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Everyday Tour.
Band-Aids asks for nominations for individuals, which is how it found Gianna. The charity runs completely on volunteers, Pisanchyn said. Donations go directly to granting wishes for people.
To donate or to nominate someone for tickets to a show and a potential meeting with the musician, visit www.band-aids.org.
Cindy Reynolds’ watercolor paintings were selected to be posted on the DKG International Gallery of Art.
Reynolds is a member of the Beta Rho Chapter of DKG Society.
She also received a $2,000 enrichment grant from Alpha Alpha PA State to attend a weeklong watercolor painting workshop this month in Owls Head, Maine.
Reynolds received the grant for her many contributions to DKG and her to use what she learns in the workshop to benefit other painters in her classes. To see Reynolds’ paintings, visit www.gallery.dkg.org.
WVIA’s Chief Operations Officer Ben Payavis, producer/director John Mikulak and executive producer Tom Currá were nominated for 2018 Mid Atlantic Emmy Awards.
Payavis was nominated in the Director Live or Live to Tape category for the production of “Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service.” Recorded in December 2016, the program featured Susquehanna University’s 50th celebration years of the cherished tradition.
Mikulak and Currá were nominated in the Public/Current/Community Affairs category for production of a short form documentary “War Stories Vietnam: The Walls that Heal.” The documentary was part of WVIA’s multi-platform content initiative spotlighting regional Vietnam veterans in conjunction with the release of the PBS Ken Burns documentary, “The Vietnam War,” the organization said. The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Awards will be presented Saturday, Oct. 13, in Philadelphia.