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Acts announced for first Sour Mash Bash

(Photo provided) From left, Shawn Taylor, vice president of commercial sales at Peoples Bank, and Stacy DeCicco, executive director of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, in a video announcing the Sour Mash Bash at 4 p.m. July 10 at the Parkersburg Country Club. The bash will precede the annual Sour Mash Tournament on July 11, the oldest benefit golf tournament in the region.

PARKERSBURG — Peoples Bank and the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley announced Wednesday the performers for the first Sour Mash Bash to be held on the eve of the annual Sour Mash golf tournament.

The Sour Mash Bash starts at 4 p.m. July 10 at the Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna where Sam Grow, Anthony Mossberg and Gunner Stevans will perform. The tournament is July 11.

“Peoples Bank is a proud supporter of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley and excited to sponsor the Sour Mash Bash,” said Shawn Taylor, senior vice president of commercial banking at Peoples Bank. “Peoples Bank has called the Mid-Ohio Valley home for 120 years and appreciates all that the United Way does for our area.”

The golf tournament this year honors Pat and Judy Minnitte of the PM Company. The Minnites have organized fund drives benefitting local non-profits through the Spirit of Giving program.

“One of Peoples Bank’s core values is a commitment to community. The PM Company and Associates donate annually to area groups who make a difference in our communities,” Taylor said. “The Minnite’s Spirit of Giving event annually raises over $100,000 for local organizations. The Minnite family shares Peoples Bank’s commitment to community and we are thankful for the way they make a difference right here in the MOV.”

The United Way Alliance is appreciative of Peoples, according to Stacy DeCicco, executive director of the United Way Alliance.

“We are so proud to have Peoples Bank as the exclusive Bash sponsor. Peoples is a great partner with our United Way and this becomes just one more way that we can step together for impact,” DeCicco said. “The Minnite family have been game changers in this community for decades and this year’s Sour Mash Tournament will honor Pat and Judy and the legacy of giving and philanthropy that they have ignited. Partnering with Peoples Bank to amplify the good work of this dynamic duo is a humbling opportunity for us.”

This year is the 51st edition of the Sour Mash Tournament and the second event to be held under the auspices of the United Way Alliance. Previous tournaments were under the direction of the Parkersburg Rotary Club, of which members volunteer for the event.

But this isn’t grandad’s Sour Mash.

The singer-songwriter Mossburg released “Whiskey and Wine” in 2015, which scored in the Top 10 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter category and was the Song of the Year by the Ohio Music Awards. Mossberg was the 2018 Music City Song Star, the 2018 IAMA Male Artist of the Year Runner-Up and received the 2016 Country Album of the Year by Ohio Music Awards.

Grow is from a musical family from Maryland and was influenced by Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton and Gavin DeGraw. His repertoire includes rock and roll, pop songs, soul, blues, jazz and country music.

Stevans is originally from Yakutat, Alaska, and is now living in Nashville. He worked on cargo ships before becoming a songwriter.

“We have a stellar lineup for the Bash. Anthony Mossburg, a Mid-Ohio Valley native, has become a great friend to our United Way,” DeCicco said. “He was instrumental in helping us bring a slate of Nashville up-and-comers to the stage. We can’t wait to see the event launch and will look forward to seeing it grow.”

Information and tickets for the Sour Mash Bash are available at uwamov.com/sourmashbash. Individual tickets are $35. A six-pack is $180 and a 12-pack is $300. VIP parking passes are $25, but only 40 remained as of Wednesday.

“We were elated to take over this historic tournament last year. The Sour Mash has been an anchor event in our community for more than 50 years now. To see that become a United Way signature event was tremendous,” DeCicco said. “We wanted to build on the success and energy of last year’s event by bringing a new piece to the table this year. The Sour Mash Bash will help to highlight the tournament and the venue itself and also strengthen the capacity of the tournament. We are excited to see this signature even grow in year two.”

Jess Mancini can be reached at jmancini@newsandsentinel.com

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