Sensational young singer to perform at BWAA's Annual Columbia 300 Dinner


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    19-year-old Mitch Franco has been a professional singer most of his life

    2012BWAAColumbia300DinnerMitchFranco.jpg When BWAA members, Hall of Famers, and industry VIP guests come to the BWAA's Annual Columbia 300 Dinner, they will be serenaded by one of America's best young singers, Mitch Franco (pictured).

    The dinner, sponsored by Ebonite International's Columbia 300 brand, and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, will be held Sunday, June 24, 6:30 pm in the Eldorado Hotel Conference Center in Reno.

    Mitch Franco comes from a musical family, and although only 19, has been singing professionally for more than a decade. He started singing with his parents when he was only 5, and when his voice changed at 13 to a deep base tone, he became a solo act and fell in love with the classic jazz tunes sung by the crooners of the 1950's.

    Marketing manager Peter Morgan says "Mitch is an old soul in the body of a teenager." He was also inspired by another young talent who is now world famous, Michael Buble. "I first heard Michael when I was about 10, and I really loved the songs he sang from the jazz era," he said.

    In his performance, guests will hear a few originals mixed with classics from crooners and artists like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, and Bobby Darin.

    Franco makes his home in Northern California, but he has performed at public and private events across the USA, in China, and the Philippines. In 2010, he was the featured singer at Reno's annual Italian Festival.

    "I'm really looking forward to your event," said Franco. "We will have some fun, and I hope I can bring back some great memories for some of your members."