Bringing it all together for a good cause

Unity Music Festival to bring together best of music, sports worlds
by Jeff Pederson
of The Review staff


GREEN BAY PACKER Hall of Fame wide receiver and Super Bowl Champion Antonio Freeman will serve as the co-master of ceremonies at the 11th annual Unity Music Festival to benefi t the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund Saturday, April 11, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan. Freeman is pictured with Unity Music Festival Founder and Organizer Mary Ann Waldbauer of Sheboygan Falls. — Submitted photo GREEN BAY PACKER Hall of Fame wide receiver and Super Bowl Champion Antonio Freeman will serve as the co-master of ceremonies at the 11th annual Unity Music Festival to benefi t the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund Saturday, April 11, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan. Freeman is pictured with Unity Music Festival Founder and Organizer Mary Ann Waldbauer of Sheboygan Falls. — Submitted photo The 11th annual Unity Music Festival to benefit the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund is gearing up for what promises to be one of its most memorable shows yet Saturday, April 11, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan.

This year’s event, which takes the stage at 7 p.m., will be headlined by two giants from the world of music and sports, as Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame wide receiver and Super Bowl Champion Antonio Freeman will serve as a co-master of ceremonies and Emmy Award winner Garth Neustadter will perform with the Garth Neustadter Trio.


THE NATIONALLY RENOWNED Garth Neustadter Trio will be the headline performer at the 11th annual Unity Music Festival to benefit the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund Saturday, April 11 at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan. — Submitted photo THE NATIONALLY RENOWNED Garth Neustadter Trio will be the headline performer at the 11th annual Unity Music Festival to benefit the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund Saturday, April 11 at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan. — Submitted photo Unity Music Festival Founder and Organizer Mary Ann Waldbauer of Sheboygan Falls is thrilled to have Freeman take part in the Unity Music Festival as a co-master of ceremonies with Daven Claerbout and as the main attraction during the pre-show gala appetizer buffet.

“Antonio will be doing a meet and greet and having photos taken for $10 exclusively at the gala appetizer buffet at 5 p.m.,” Waldbauer said. “We encourage people to bring their Packer memorabilia and Antonio will sign it for $25 on stage at the Weill center during intermission.


IRISH DANCERS will perform at the 11th annual Unity Music Festival to benefit the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund Saturday, April 11 at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan. — Submitted photo IRISH DANCERS will perform at the 11th annual Unity Music Festival to benefit the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund Saturday, April 11 at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan. — Submitted photo “Antonio is being sponsored by Mersberger Financial,” she said. “Without their support, this would not have happened.”

The entire first half of the show will feature Wisconsin native Garth Neustadter and the Garth Neustadter Trio, which also includes his parents Gary and Kristen.

Neustadter, who is an Emmy Award winning composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif., where he writes for commercials, film and classical ensembles.

Neustadter, who is a graduate of Lawrence University and the Yale School of Music, is an active performer as a member of the Los Angeles Opera and the LA Master Chorale.

In 2011, Neustadter won a Prime Time Emmy Award for Best Musical Score for a Series for the PBS documentary “American Masters - John Muir in the New World.”

In addition, Neustadter is a three-time recipient of the Morton Gould Prize for composition, the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer of the Year, the ASCAP Young Film Composer Award and the Yale School of Music Award for Outstanding Musicianship and Entrepreneurship.

Neustadter, who was born in Green Bay and raised in Manitowoc, has also captured five Downbeats Awards for performance and composition, and numerous additional recognitions.

The Garth Neustadter Trio, featuring Garth on saxophones, violin, and vocals, Kristen on keyboards and Gary on drum set, brass instruments and vocals, specializes in providing a variety of music through a Branson-style show.

“The Neustadter Trio and Garth were in the show six years ago before Garth made it big,” Waldbauer said. “They thought this was such a great show and a great cause. They were totally impressed with the Weill Center.

“This year they decided to come back and they will perform the whole first half of the show,” she said. “Garth will open with a sax solo. This is going to be an amazing year. The Unity Music Festival scored big this year with the best of both worlds from music and the Packers. This show has something for everyone to enjoy.”

Soloist Kevin Sievert and Irish Dancers will also perform on the Weill Center stage.

Fundraising activities will begin at 5 p.m. with silent and liveauction viewing and a gala appetizer and wine buffet party running prior to the show from 5-6 p.m.

“I am so thankful for my family, friends, co-workers, and husband Rick, who all have a special part in this program,” she said. “I’m still waiting to achieve my goal of having a full sellout crowd for the show.”

General admission tickets are currently on sale for $20 per person. General admission tickets with the gala appetizer buffet are $50.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Falls Healing Arts in Sheboygan Falls (275 Main St. in Sheboygan Falls, 467-8690), Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly in Sheboygan Falls 1166 Fond Du Lac Ave. in Sheboygan Falls, 467-0477), Mary Ann or Rick Waldbauer (998 Huron Trail in Sheboygan Falls, 467- 3303), Midwest Dental (1415 Eastern Ave. in Plymouth, 893-8458), Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts (826 North Eighth St. in Sheboygan, 208-3243), Matthews Oncology (1621 North Taylor Drive in Sheboygan, 458-7433), Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic (1222 North 23rd St. in Sheboygan, 457-6800), Piggly Wiggly (141 Eastern Ave. in Plymouth, 893-0741), Piggly Wiggly (944 Center Ave. in Oostburg, 564-2234), Piggly Wiggly (714 South Wisconsin Drive in Howards Grove, 565-4421), Piggly Wiggly (2905 North 15th St. in Sheboygan, 458- 9991), Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street (504 Broadway St. in Sheboygan Falls, 467-6206), Festival Foods (595 South Taylor Drive in Sheboygan, 694-6260) and Wholistic Health Center (5934 South Business Drive in Sheboygan, 459-9277).

The Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions by the public are fully tax-deductible.

“People realize this show is really about people helping people right here in our own community,” Waldbauer said. “Performers use their God-given talent to help others through music or dance.

“This show not only helps cancer patients financially, but it builds self-esteem for everyone that helps,” she said. “It teaches the lesson that if you give from your heart, the rewards will be great.”

For more information on the Unity Music Festival visit unitymusicfestival.org

More information on the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund can be found at www.scccf.org

For additional information or to purchase gala fundraiser buffet tickets, call Mary Ann Waldbauer at 467-3303.


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