Peter Frampton benefit concert raises big funds for local charities

Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 1:37 PM

A crowd of 2,200 packed into Debi and Patrick Hampson’s Pine Township backyard for a concert, and while the final tally isn’t in yet, the event raised between $200,000 and $300,000 for various children’s charities. Chicago and Peter Frampton were certainly a draw for the fifth annual Celebrity Care Fest – but so was the cause.

Beneficiaries of the Aug. 9 concert included The Bus Stops Here Foundation, Miss 22 Quties, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, Will Allen Foundation, and Variety, the Children’s Charity. It was coordinated by the HM3 Partners Independence Fund, which is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that formed in 2014 to benefit community organizations, according to its website.

Ryan Recker, Larry Richert and Bob Pompeani served as emcees for the event, which has raised more than $1 million for charities over the past five years. Robert Amann, chief of the Northern Regional Police Department, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award during the event.