A tribute to heroes


Lisa D’Ambra loves helping veterans.

As proof, D’Ambra, a long-time entertainment coordinator, and talented vocalist Steve Quirini with whom she founded Starzz Entertainment, have raised in excess of $50,000 for the Providence VA (Veterans Administration) Center’s voluntary service unit.

The D’Ambra-Quirini/Starzz Entertainment group, with valuable assistance from Johnstonians Vin and Ellie Palumbo, have raised that money in their annual and highly-acclaimed Proud to be an American Fundraiser show that recently received rave reviews after its fifth annual show.

So it’s rather fitting that D’Ambra has again coordinated what promises to be a mighty-musical event replete with a buffet that will be held on Veterans Day, November 11, inside the Young Pannese Social Club located at 187 Pocasset Avenue on the Providence-Johnston line.

“Our entertainment will be show-stopping,” said D’Ambra, who has coordinated sold-out shows throughout the metropolitan area during her career. “We will have the sensational sounds of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. We’re all very excited about this show.”

Saturday’s “super show”, as D’Ambra said earlier this week, is entitled “A Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes” and will again, per the request of Starzz Entertainment, benefit the Providence VA Medical Center in Providence.

Tickets have been priced at $30 per person and all net proceeds, D’Ambra said, “will be donated to the (Providence) VA [Medical Center]” and the night will include a buffet dinner prepared by Chef Vincent Storti and served by the staff of Café DiPanni that’s based inside the Young Pannese Club.

Not only is Saturday’s show being held on Veterans Day, it will feature two talented veterans who have been part of the unique Starzz Entertainment line-up for at one-point or another the past five years.

Those veterans, who are also well known throughout Rhode Island’s music industry, are Richard and Jack Martone who make up the incomparable R & J Review and will be part of Saturday’s “A Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes.”

Richard Martone plays the trumpet while Jack Martone, a one-time famous auctioneer and community volunteer, plays the saxophone.

Meanwhile, Quirini, who has long been the headliner for Starzz Entertainment and is well known for his Elvis impersonations and extraordinary costumes, will serenade the audience with his fabulous vocal talents.

As noted, tickets are $30 per person and include the buffet that includes all-American favorites like pot roast, meatloaf, grilled ham with pineapple, Shepard’s pie, chocurico and peppers, veal and peas, pasta, baked scrod and seafood supreme.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and D’Ambra said the buffer will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Entertainment and dancing will follow at 7:30 and continue until 10:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available.

For more information contact Café DiPanni at 944-0840 or D’Ambra at 954-5500.


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