Toles, Outlyers rock for Investigative Post

How could a show capped by “Wooly Bully” not be a winner?

Investigative Post hosted a very successful fundraiser Friday at Sportsmen’s Tavern that featured Tom Toles and The Outlyers. Toles and The Outlyers – John F. Brady, Cathy Carfagna, Jim Celeste, Tom Fischer and David Meinzer – played two rousing sets totaling 36 songs. Maryalice Demler, news anchor at WGRZ, served as emcee.

Some 270 supporters packed the Sportsmen’s, a larger crowd than our previous two summer shows there combined. A guitar signed by the Goo Goo Dolls and editorial cartoon drawn by Toles for The Washington Post proved popular with bidders in a spirited silent auction.

In all the event raised some $7,100 for Investigative Post, Buffalo’s nonprofit, award-winning investigative reporting center.

“I’m very gratified by the show of support, and happy that everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves,” said Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney. “We’ve done three of these shows and I guess that makes this a tradition that we hope to carry on.”

Investigative Post’s next major event is a benefit dinner scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Hyatt Regency. The program will feature keynote speaker Sarah Cohen, a Pulitzer Prize winner and an editor at The New York Times. Tickets and further information is available here.