Money rocks Warren for Relay

WARREN – If you gave Pat Cummings and Karrie Jones the opportunity to write Eddie Money’s set list for Friday night’s show in Warren, you would most definitely hear ”Walk on Water,” ”I Wanna Go Back” and ”Shakin’.”

And, ”Two Tickets to Paradise.”

That song, one of the rocker’s most popular, is also what Janie Sparano and Leeann Dale say they wanted from the Money Man.

”It’s classic rock,” said Sparano of Poland, a fan, of her attraction to the Brooklyn, N.Y.-born rocker whose music has stood the test of time to become synonymous with good old American rock ‘n’ roll.

Money played the Warren Community Amphitheatre to benefit Relay For Life in Warren, which marked its 20th anniversary this year. It also happens to be the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society.

”We wanted to give them (people) something they could go to and give them something special,” said Jackie Thomas, a member of the Warren Relay For Life board.

Thomas said without Israel Zambrano, owner of the Los Gallos Mexican restaurants in several places in the Mahoning Valley and The Cellar, a concert venue in Struthers, the event would not have been possible. She said she approached Zambrano and he took the lead to make the arrangements for the Eddie Money concert.

Zambrano’s mother is a survivor of colon cancer.

”Anytime there is something like this, I always try to help,” said Zambrano.

Cummings and Jones, both of Champion, say they’ve been fans of Eddie Money since he exploded onto the music scene in the late-1970s and into the 1980s. Part of the attraction, they say, is that Eddie Money’s music hasn’t changed since he took off, and neither has he.

”He is the same guy he was back way into the 70s. … He’s approachable. He got out of the car and started to talk with his fans,” Cummings said.

It’s unknown how many tickets were sold for the event, but there was a sizeable crowd at the 2,500-seat amphitheater. The money raised will go to the Warren Relay, which happens to be the largest in Ohio. It raised $330,000 over the two-day event in May.

Pam Marshall of the ACS and special events coordinator said Eddie Money would be presented with a survivor’s shirt and Relay For Life Spirit Award. Awards also will be given to Los Gallos and the opening bands; the OneFortyOnes, a band of Warren police officers; and the Gary Markasky Project, Marshall said.

But the beat doesn’t stop for Warren’s Relay after Friday. Marshall said a River Rock at the Amp event in July and an event at the General Motors plant in Lordstown will help raise money.

”We’re still trying to raise some funds because you can never do enough,” Marshall said.