Our mission is to help raise awareness and funds for nonprofit organizations that have as one of their goals to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness. We will do this by creating events that feature live music and provide a forum to share information about mental illness in a lively, relaxed atmosphere.
We ask that whether you suffer from a mental illness, have someone close to you who suffers from a mental illness or you just want to come out and have some fun, that you attend one of our events. It's always for a great cause!
Bob Regis with Lynne Hayes-Freeland
Award-winning vocalist/guitarist Shari Richards has been an mainstay of the Pittsburgh music scene for 30 years. One of the area's most diverse performers, she has been featured on blues festivals in the US and Europe. She can be found on jazz, blues, rock, singer-songwriter and R&B stages regularly. Additionally, she has branched out to musical theater, commercial voice-over acting, on-air radio personality (WYEP-FM), student workshops at high school and college level and has collaborated with modern dance companies.
Community service has always been important to Ms Richards. She has donated her services as performer and organizer to many causes over her musical career and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Sonny Pugar Foundation.
Through the 10:08 Club, LLC she looks forward to using music's unique ability to bring people together while making a difference in our community.
Hello! My name is Tony Kennedy. I am tried and true Pittsburgher - born and raised on the North Side. I attended Oliver High School - graduating 3rd in my class. I received my B.A. in Communication from Slippery Rock University. Immediately after college I went to continue (I worked retail as a kid in my family's pizza shop and at a local pet supplies retailer) a very illustrious career with The Home Depot - where I spent nearly 8 years in various capacities - Assistant Store Manager, Human Resource Manager and Store Manager. From THD, I decided to accept a position as a Regional VP/General Manager with a Sales & Merchandising company, Ready Set Companies, based out of Chicago, IL. I covered all of The Home Depot stores in the Midwest, USA (over 400 locations), overseeing all aspects of sales, merchandising, product placement and display, new store set-ups and remodels, etc. In early 2009, The Home Depot informed us at Ready Set that our company's contract was not going to be renewed and that all aspects of the services we provided would be taken in-house at THD. So, I changed gears slightly (FROM Home improvement - one of my passions TO Food - My NUMBER 1 Passion) and went to work for Giant Eagle as a Senior Store Leader. I managed several stores in the Pittsburgh market - directly supervising anywhere from 250 employees to over 600.
In November of 2013 - after quite a productive career in retail - I decided to take back my life. What I mean by that is, Retail is tough! You can advance your career quickly and make a decent living along the way. However, you give up a lot of what some people take for granted. That's Time. Specifically, that's time spent with Family and Friends. My wife Jenny and I have a 3 1/2 year old son Jake. I realized that my time with Jake and my wife (who is also in retail leadership at Giant Eagle) wasn't where I wanted it to be. I recalled many years of working retail and missing out on numerous family gatherings, friends' parties or get-togethers, nephews and nieces sports events, etc. It was my time to take my life back!
I sought out in November to get my realtors license - which I received this Spring. While I was studying for my license I worked construction and remodeling with my brother - which is quite fulfilling for me.
Bob Regis is my "tax guy" and has been for years! When he finished my taxes in April - I told him what I was doing career-wise. He told me to call him June 1st of this year - which I did. Bob presented to me an offer I couldn't refuse - and one that truly hit home and struck a personal chord. Bob explained to me what he and Shari Richards had set out to accomplish and asked me to be part of their mission at the 10.08 Club. I was in from "Hello!"
See...my late father, Jerry C. Kennedy, Sr. was a purple heart recipient Marine in the Vietnam war. He was shot by a sniper and nearly lost his leg and his life. My dad also lost his best friend, Ed Luff, who he enlisted in the Marines with. My dad suffered his entire life with the physical wombs he suffered in Vietnam. However, what you couldn't see were the emotional scars he had from the entire experience. At first, he wasn't diagnosed with PTSD, but years after his injuries and decades after the war - he was diagnosed with severe depression and PTSD. My dad was a great guy and father. I am not going to tell you that life growing up as a Kennedy boy was all sunshine and roses - it wasn't. But, now that my father is gone nearly 3 years now, I realized now more than ever that he had a sickness, a mental illness, that was just so hard to overcome. He experienced things and saw things that no human being would wish upon their worst of enemies. He had something wrong with him that you couldn't see, you couldn't smell, you couldn't describe.
So, you see, when Bob Regis talked to me about the 10.08 Club and what it was setting out to accomplish - I was in from "Hello!"
I hope that if you've read my little story/bio here that you too consider joining us in our efforts to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illnesses.