The Sirens. Center: Lori Smith. Clockwise from top: Paula Moore, Jenny Thorsen, Mary Lou Bonner, Carroll Rhodes. In the background is Jenny Thorsen's dog, Mitchell.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - The Sirens will again bring their energy, enthusiasm and musical talents to the stage on Saturday, November 20 at the Sons of Italy in Lock Haven. The benefit concert will support the Lock Haven University Women’s Basketball scholarship program. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Guests must be 20 years of age or older to attend. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
The Sirens’ concert for LHU Women’s Basketball is a departure from last year’s fundraiser, when the Sirens played for the team’s chili cook-off. “This year,” said group member Carroll Rhodes, “the event will be built around the music. It will be an evening event with a club-like atmosphere.”
The Sirens are very interested in supporting women’s athletics, and are “trying to do our part for LHU,” said Rhodes. Head coach Jennifer Smith said, “We are tremendously lucky to have the Sirens play a concert to benefit our team. All proceeds will go directly to athletic scholarships for our student-athletes.”
The Sirens have been together for twenty-six years. Their music includes rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues standards, as well as original tunes. “It’s a marriage that’s lasted longer than many others,” says Rhodes. “It is built on out friendship and similar musical tastes.”
The group includes three LHU graduates and two LHU employees. The drummer, Paula Moore, is from Muncy. She is a Lock Haven University grounds crew member. Carroll Rhodes of Mill Hall plays bass guitar and does vocals. She is director of LHU’s Student Support services program. Lori Smith from Muncy is the lead guitarist and also does vocals. She is employed by Susquehanna Health Systems as a driver and unit clerk. Jenny Thorsen from Muncy is a vocalist and multi-task specialist on guitar, trumpet, and percussion -- sometimes simultaneously. Mary Lou Bonner of Lock Haven is the lead vocalist and keyboard player. She is the director of the Social Services Assistance Program at STEP in Williamsport. Rhodes, Thorsen and Bonner are all graduates of LHU.
Even after twenty-six years, the Sirens have not grown tired. “We keep on doing it because we like the time we spend together and the faces of the folks in the crowd. We figured out a long time ago that we weren’t going to make a living at it, so we directed our energy toward supporting other worthwhile causes.”
Their efforts are deeply appreciated. Women’s basketball player Kristen Kudrick said, “It is great to have The Sirens support us in this event and help us with our fundraising efforts to support our team. They are awesome and we love them!”
The concert will also feature 50/50 raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
For further information or to purchase tickets, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-484-2569. Tickets are also available from band members, team members and D. Dashem Books in Lock Haven.