Benefit concert to be held for fallen officer

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Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 11:50 AM

A benefit concert is being held for the Ryan Cappelletty Scholarship, named for fallen police officer and alumnus Ryan Cappelletty, at Molly Brannigan’s in Erie on Saturday, Nov. 23.

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Donnie Irish Band is set to perform at the benefit. All proceeds from this event will benefit the scholarship, which is for Edinboro University students. Cappelletty, who attended McDowell High School and Edinboro University, was shot and killed in 2003 while on duty in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Allegheny County Sheriff Department Detective Sergeant Ricky Manning is the face of The Donnie Irish Band. Manning is commonly known as “Pittsburgh’s Singing Detective.” Manning has helped bring awareness and raise money for the Cappelletty Scholarship over the last couple years.

“We are happy to make the trip up I-79 for this cause,” Manning said. “Ryan Cappelletty made the ultimate sacrifice. This is good for his family and good for Edinboro University.”

Manning has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, was auditioned by renowned conductor Marvin Hamlisch, and played solo performances the past two years in Edinboro University’s Cole Auditorium. The band’s focus is on traditional Irish music and classic rock covers. Molly Brannigan’s was founded by John Melody and his business partner Russell Stachewicz. Melody is an immigrant from Ireland. Molly Brannigan’s stylings are reminiscent of historic Irish pubs.

Entrance to the benefit is free, however, donations to the Ryan Cappelletty Scholarship are highly encouraged. The pub is located in downtown Erie and can be accessed through the Bayfront Connector. Questions and comments regarding the benefit can be directed toward Anthony Peyronel, at

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