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Concert to benefit Tiny Tim program

Dec. 9 in Ticonderoga

The annual Tiny Tim Christmas Concert will be held Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Wicker Street. The concert, featuring the Ticonderoga Community Band, raises money for the Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children in the area.

The annual Tiny Tim Christmas Concert will be held Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Wicker Street. The concert, featuring the Ticonderoga Community Band, raises money for the Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children in the area.

— The annual Tiny Tim Christmas Concert will be held Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Wicker Street.

The concert, featuring the Ticonderoga Community Band, raises money for the Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children in the area.

“There is no admission fee, but baskets will be passed to collect money for those who want to donate Tiny Tim Wish Program charity,” said Dale Quesnel III, a member of the Ti Community Band. “We hope to see many people at the concert.”

The Ticonderoga High School Sentinel Big Band and the school acappella choirs have been invited to participate.

The Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program enters a new decade with new leadership.

The program, in its 31st year, is now directed by Nancy Quesnel. Quesnel replaced Helen Gibbs, who stepped down after the 2010 holiday season following 20 years with the program.

“Helen was looking to pass the baton,” Quesnel said. “She put a lot of time and effort into the program; it was her baby. I’m honored she wanted me to take it over.

“I’m not looking to change the program at all,” she continued. “It’s been successful for a long time and all the kinks were worked out long ago. We have checks and balances in place. It’s a good program.”

The Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program serves needy children of the Ticonderoga Central School District, including Putnam and St. Mary’s schools. Children ages 1 to 16 are eligible. For further information, call 585-7017.

Quesnel stressed the program is entirely confidential. After applications are verified, names are removed and families are assigned numbers, she said. People who purchase gifts buy for a specific number, not knowing who the child is.

The confidential program decides who gets holiday help using the school’s free and reduced lunch income guidelines. Parents must complete applications. That application includes questions about the children in the homes, such as clothing sizes and gender.

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