Josh Gallagher Will Hold Concert to Benefit Cambria Alliance EMS

Josh Gallagher with Charlie Daniels at a concert that was held Friday, Oct. 5, at Jaffa Shrine in Altoona, PA.

A hometown boy is bringing his country music style back to the area.

Josh Gallagher and his band will perform a benefit concert for Cambria Alliance EMS from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Oriental Ballroom, 1078 N. Hemlock St., Gallitzin.

The event is a fundraiser for the organization to help it cover the expense of a new ambulance that will replace two older vehicles.

 

 

“We’re trying to find ways to bring in money to buy these sorts of things and the board came up with the idea of having a concert with Josh and the money would help with the down payment on the ambulance,” said James Effinger, manager of Cambria Alliance EMS. “With Josh’s popularity, we thought we could bring in a fair amount of people.”

He said with Gallagher being a Cresson native, it seemed like a good fit to have him perform.

“He grew up here, so he jumped on it right away,” Effinger said.

“He’s also been helping us to promote it on social media.”

Gallagher said he’s excited to come home and help raise money for the new ambulance.

“I love coming back and doing stuff like this and I like to help anywhere I can,” he said.

“The EMS is just a few blocks from where I grew up and I passed it all the time. To come back and help out and give these guys a hand, it means a lot to us.”

The show will be an hour and a half straight through, and Gallagher said he works loosely with a set list, but tends to mix things up when on the stage.

“We’re going to have a good time and see if we can get some money for these guys,” he said.

In addition, two Penn Cambria High School students have been selected to perform a song with Gallagher on stage.

A meet-and-greet will be held following the show.

Effinger added that this is the biggest fundraiser Cambria Alliance EMS has done and will likely ever do.

“The need is so great for us, so we really need the community to rally to help us out,” he said.

Beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $35 for general admission and $50 for front row reserved seating. A reserved table of eight is available for $400.

They can be purchased at Shop ’n Save, 1213 2nd St., Cresson, and NAPA Auto Parts, 7873 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson, or by calling 814-886-5641.