Concert and auction raises money for local organizations

By Matt Wastradowski, Columbian staff writer

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Three pianists teamed up to perform before an audience of about 350 on Friday night at the Pearson Air Museum.

Nick Baker, Brent Gjerve, and Mac Potts performed with Darcy Schmitt as part of the the 3 Grands Concert & Auction. The event benefited the School of Piano Technology for the Blind and the Pacific Foundation for Blind Children. In all, the event raised nearly $11,000 between cash donations received at the event and a live auction.

The musicians performed a variety of jazz standards, such as "Sweet Georgia Brown," along with medleys of songs by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, and the Beatles.

The evening also featured a silent auction, live auction, and speeches about the importance of raising funds and awareness for blind programs. "Blindness doesn't need to mean helplessness," said Kim Capeloto, president of the board of trustees at the School of Piano Technology for the Blind.

Check out photos from the event on the Columbian's Facebook page.