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Newcomb hosts benefit concert for Haiti

NEWCOMB - Since the catastrophic earthquakes that plagued the Caribbean island of Haiti in January, local organizations have been taking the lead in raising support for the stricken country. Newcomb Central School (NCS) will keep the outreach going with a dessert night and benefit concert on Monday, May 10.

"Months have passed since the earthquakes, but the human need still remains," said faculty advisor Martha Swan. "We want them to know that we have not forgotten them."

Internationally acclaimed folk musicians, Kim and Reggie Harris will be taking time off from their busy touring and concert schedule to headline at the event. The will perform songs that have been described as a "celebration of life and song".

For more than 30 years, Kim and Reggie have been greeted with standing ovations and critical acclaim, from Italy to Alaska to the Virgin Islands. They have composed and arranged music for television, radio, video and multimedia presentations and their years of touring have provided opportunities to open and perform with artists including Jay Leno, Pete Seeger, Sinbad, Leontyne Price, Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez.

The concert will follow a day-long residency with NCS middle school students. They will have the opportunity to take a "journey" along the Underground Railroad, led by the Kim and Reggie, who are also experienced presenters in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts touring workshop program for teachers and students.

Homemade desserts and coffee will be served in the Newcomb cafeteria from 6 - 7 p.m. The concert will follow at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Suggested donations for dessert hour are $5 per person or $10 per family. All proceeds will benefit Haiti.

For more information or to send a donation, please contact the school at 582-3341.

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