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Food bank fundraiser a pleasant tune

By RODD CAYTON The Daily News Apr 5, 2014

Tom and Vickie Pizzata sing the Eagles’ “Tequila Sunrise” to start a Saturday afternoon concert at Bullhead Community Park. The performance was a fundraiser for Caring Hearts Food Ministry, best known for its Thanksgiving Day community dinner.

BULLHEAD CITY — Tom and Vickie Pizzata served up a musical feast of oldies and country music Saturday afternoon, in hopes of helping to fill more Tri-state bellies.

The couple, who with their daughter, Lisa Marie Boyce, make up the vocal group Gold Rush, performed at the first fundraiser for Caring Hearts Food Ministry.

Organizers were not charging admission, but sought either donations or food items for the Caring Hearts pantry.

Caring Hearts founder Marci Burke said the event was meant to publicize the need for food donations in the area. “Everyone who does know is eager to help,” she said. “It’s just a matter of getting the word out.”

The idea for the fundraiser came from Tom Pizzata, who recently joined Valley View Christian Church, through which the food ministry is run. Pizzata said he has seen the food bank packed, and that inspired him to make the offer. Gold Rush frequently plays in Laughlin casinos.

“Marci’s got this great big heart,” Pizzata said. “As long as people care about other people and work together, we’ll be OK.”

He and Burke both stressed that the event was inclusive, and that even those without means to contribute could come to hear the performance.

After the opener, “Tequila Sunrise,” Pizzata stressed the importance of community members looking out for one another.

“You can be one check away from being at Marci’s door,” he told the audience. “One paycheck that doesn’t come in, and you could find yourself at the food bank. And we love you all.”


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