Flood Benefit Dance Features Gary DeCarlo, Local Bands

Union Township supervisors want community members to join in waving goodbye to the devastation caused by the September flood.
The board is sponsoring a benefit dance and concert for Wyoming Valley flood victims on Friday from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.
Supervisor Ed Raineri said the supervisors wanted to raise money for flood victims and help them put their troubles behind them as quickly as possible. Performers include Joe Nardone and the All Stars, Eddie Day and the Starfires, and Gary DeCarlo of Steam, who will perform his hit song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”
While Union Township residents were not affected by the flooding, their neighbors in Shickshinny and Mocanaqua were. When they saw the wreckage in those communities and others throughout the Wyoming Valley, the supervisors knew they wouldn’t be content just counting their blessings.
“We saw so much devastation, we thought we can’t just sit back and say, ‘Thank God, we’re lucky it wasn’t us.’ We had to do more. We had to reach out to the people,” Raineri said.
He felt his friend DeCarlo would be a perfect complement to local favorites Joe Nardone and the All Stars and Eddie Day and the Starfires. DeCarlo agreed to help out and perform his classic song.

“I feel that if I can help out the people, if I can make them some money, I’m all for it,” DeCarlo said. “I’m very fortunate that the (song) keeps going, so because of that, I like to give back.”
While DeCarlo doesn’t perform regularly anymore, he said the song still gets a positive response.
“Everyone I spoke to said it gave them a good feeling, which is great, because that’s what I tried to get across when I sang it,” he said.
DeCarlo’s performance at the end of the show is a symbolic way to bid farewell to the flood damage and embrace the recovery process, Raineri said.
“We want to say goodbye to this flood, because it’s caused so much havoc and destruction,” he said.
Genetti’s donated a ballroom for the event and all the performers have agreed to do the show for free. Rock Street Music in Pittston contributed sound equipment, while Corcoran Printing created a poster for the event.

Kristen Gaydos,
The Citizen’s Voice