Johnny Angel and the Halos

A combination of oldies tunes, jitterbugging and vintage cars has allowed Charleroi students the latest in technology and classroom advancements.

A Blast From the Past, Volume 5, Charleroi Area School District Education Foundation’s (CASDEF) biggest fundraiser, returns to the Charleroi Area School District campus April 20.

CASDEF has awarded more than $129,000 in scholarships and grants to students and teachers since forming in 2010.

The event will provide a healthy dose of nostalgia for fans of musical acts like Johnny Angel and the Halos, this year’s headliner.

“We try to make this an oldies show with music that appeals to a wide range,” said event committee chair Carol Claybaugh. “There’s music from the 1960s to the ‘80s, which is some of the most beautiful music.”

Blast From the Past continues to grow, said Claybaugh, and has become a highly-anticipated event in the area.

This year, festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a classic car show, DJ Pat Kolodychak playing popular oldies and Brother Jeep, who will take the mic for pre-show events.


Charleroi Area Middle-High School

Those who remember the Dog House in Belle Vernon will get a kick out of the fare offered.

“Back in the day, the Dog House was a popular spot. They would sell hotdogs, french fries, hamburgers. It was a hangout for kids,” Claybaugh said. “We’re going to replicate the Dog House with sweet treats and other goodies.”

A free jitterbug lesson will be given, and participants will dance to “Rock Around the Clock.”

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7. DJ Frankie Day of WKFB-AM 770 will be the master of ceremonies, introducing opening acts including the Charleroi High School Show Choir, Mon Valley Rockers and Hooligan Brothers. After a brief intermission, Johnny Angel and the Halos will take the stage.

All proceeds, including ticket, half-the-take and gift basket raffle sales, benefit the mission of CASDEF, to provide economic support in order to enhance performing arts, athletics, academics, and extracurricular activities in the school district.

“We provide extras for the classroom,” said Claybaugh. “Teachers can apply for grants to purchase a need for the classroom that will benefit students.”

Some of the equipment the foundation has funded include screen-printing equipment, a tanker hydration system, pedometers, jazz band drum set, internet safety devices and a 3-D printer. They have an ongoing drive to purchase Chrome books for students, also and provide scholarships for senior students planning to attend college or trade school.

Blast From the Past will be held in the school auditorium, 125 Fecsen Drive, Charleroi. Tickets are $50 for VIP seating and $35 for general admission reserved seating, and may be ordered by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and check (made payable to CASDEF) to CASDEF, Box 382, Charleroi, PA 15022. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, call Carol Claybaugh at 724-483-7075 or Tom Nutting at 724-565-1021.

Community Editor

Natalie Reid Miller is Community Editor and has worked at the Observer-Reporter since 2013. With fellow Observer-Reporter journalists, she won the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s Ray Sprigle Memorial Award for the “Under the Label” social series.

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