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Fundraising coffeehouse to benefit Mission of Hope

PLATTSBURGH Ten years ago, Hurricane Mitch brought devastation, destruction and despair to the Central American country of Nicaragua. Since that time, efforts from around the globe have joined together to rebuild the civilization that once flourished there, including the efforts from those in the North Country. This Saturday, Oct. 25, Seton Catholic Central School will host Cafe Hope, a fundraising coffeehouse to benefit the North Country Mission of Hope, an organization that was established in the wake of the 1993 hurricane. The goal of the event, which will be held in the schools cafetorium at 7 p.m., will be to support and expand the ongoing efforts of the mission. Since its formation, explained event organizer Lita Kelly, the North Country Mission of Hope has worked to build shelters, distribute food and help provide clean water to the Nicaraguan people, among other humanitarian efforts. This Saturdays coffeehouse requests a $5 minimum donation per person, said Kelly, who is also a music teacher at the school who will be performing Saturday night. Those donations, include the proceeds from the sale of refreshments at the event, will benefit the mission, perhaps more than many could understand, she said. One dollar can feed someone in Nicaragua for a few days, said Kelly. We say a minimum donation of $5, but we know the people of the North Country are very generous and will give more than that if they can. Everything we get will be appreciated. The Mission of Hope is an ongoing mission that will never give up, she added. In addition to performances by Kelly and the folk choir Strictly Sunday, the evening will feature selections by the choruses from Seton Central and Seton Academy; music and poetry performed by the Seton Drama Club and other talented students; guest choirs from St. Josephs Church in Treadwells Mills, St. Alexanders Church, and The Local Vocals, from Holy Angels Church in Altona. There will also be a music-based Power Point presentation on the first 10 years of the Mission of Hope. Coffee, cider, dessert items and other refreshments will be sold, with all proceeds going to the missions work.

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