Henry Gross is an American singer-songwriter best known for his association with the group Sha Na Na and for his hit song, Shannon, but in 1976 when Shannon was climbing the charts, few knew that Gross was singing from a broken heart. The power ballad that sold a million records and was a top 10 hit, was about the death of Beach Boys member Carl Wilson’s Irish Setter and the pain we all feel after losing a pet.
Last year, Gross performed at the Port City Café and Pub in Portsmouth, raising nearly $3,000 for Sierra’s Haven.
Sierra’s Haven is a no-kill animal shelter, staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers working together to help find safe, loving homes for adoptable pets. Whether strays, drop- offs or animals in need of medical attention, Sierra’s has opened their doors to thousands of animals and saving their lives.
The crowd reaction was so enthusiastic to Gross’ prior performance, that he is coming back again on Thursday evening, July 21 to perform a lifetime of hits and songs with all proceeds to benefit Sierra’s Haven. In addition to the performance, there will a split the pot and a silent auction.
“It’s going to be a special evening with only 125 tickets sold at $50 a piece,” said shelter founder Dr. Gail Counts. “We are very grateful to all of our supporters for helping us stay afloat as Henry has been a huge supporter of us and of animals everywhere. If you missed him last year, please come. It’s certainly a show that you have to see.”
Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with alcohol provided for those ages 21 and up, hors d’oeuvres will be provided as well.
Gross will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
“While I have moved my home base to Nashville, I love coming to Portsmouth,” said Gross. “What this no-kill animal haven means to this community and to all the pet souls is such a beautiful thing and how sad that there are so few of them across the country. I promise to bring my music and my heart on stage the night of the 21st.”
Tickets for a night with Henry Gross and the “Cause for the Paws” are $50 and can be purchased at Port City Café, Sierra’s Haven Animal Shelter, Shawnee Animal Clinic, Morgan Brothers Jewelers and the WNXT studios on the 4th floor of the Masonic Temple Building in Portsmouth.
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