This program was awarded a congressional Citation in 2012 by Congressman Keating.
The specifics: CONCERT: February 14th, 2014 at the Tilden Arts Center, C.C. Community College, Hyannis at 7:00 -9:30 PM. Tickets $5.00 students / $10.00 adults at the door.
BENEFITING: Cape veterans by fully funding a summer "Stand Down" program organized by Duffy Health Center and the Veterans' Outreach Center. Their program brings 35 agencies to the Campus of Cape Cod Academy for a day of free services for vets. We are also expanding our contributions to the Cape Cod Council of Churches’ homeless programs and local food pantries.
Background: Kids involved: We've been working with Dance Designs and the Beth Walsh Dance Troop - and with several big dance numbers now part of our program, we involve at least 90 dancers alone. Throw in the Conservatory and several bands as well as individual acts from participating schools... and then our CCA production crew and the extra hands the bands bring and the total involvement of young people approaches 200. The 2013 concert also featured a band from Brazil and a dance troop from India, traveling here at their own expense to be a part of the Shelter experience and to bring some ideas home with them.
Money raised: Our first concert fed the Noah Shelter for 4 months. In order to finance the Stand Down program for our veterans and support various local homeless relief efforts, we'll need to raise around 15,000 dollars this year, exceeding what the concert raised last year. We've raised over 50 thousand dollars in the first 6 years, doing better each year. We are grateful to our donors: individuals, local businesses, banks and foundations.
Consciousness raised: The Shelter concert has become a kind of bull's eye - a focal point for not only raising money but for directing public attention to serious local needs. Local media, both print and radio, have been very generous. In each case, we get to talk about the central purpose of our efforts, to house the homeless and now: to assist our local veterans. Regarding our veterans, 26% of the nation's homeless population are veterans who've served our country. A veteran is taking his own life every 80 minutes now. The Shelter project gets all these kids helping and starting conversations all over the Cape. Our organizers and performers know they are changing lives (even saving lives) with what they do. Certainly, some of the lives that are changed are their own.
Organizations & Contact info.: CAPE COD ACADEMY is a private school, pre-K through 12 with a deep tradition of public service. The concert organizers are members of People-to-People International and the Barnstable County Human Rights Academy. CONTACT Lawrence Brown, CCA, faculty & Concert Director at 508-428-5400 at Cape Cod Academy, 508-771-5096 at home evenings.
Duffy Health Center: The mission of the Duffy Health Center is to provide caring, comprehensive health care and support services to those who are homeless and at risk of homelessness on Cape Cod, and to be a catalyst for individual empowerment and community solutions to homelessness. Duffy provides actual treatment & counseling for substance abuse & psychological problems — and basic medical care for the homeless. 104 Park Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 (508) 771-7517
Vietnam Veterans Outreach Center: Offers a wide array of services for veterans including case work and serves as a conduit to additional local services when needed. The center also serves as a social center for area vets and operates an ambitious food pantry as well. 94 Main Street Hyannis, MA 02601 (508) 771-9599
COME TO THE CONCERT! Bring your family. It’s one of the artistic highlights of the year – and you’ll leave feeling terrific! That’s a promise.
We’ve got around 200 young people from schools across Cape Cod collaborating on this, as performers, organizers, stage hands and ushers. They’ve picked the vets and the homeless as deserving of their efforts. PLEASE BE A CONTRIBUTER. This is a beautiful thing to be a part of. 100% of donations go to programs, no overhead.
WE’LL GET YOU PUBLIC RECOGNITION IF YOU REQUEST IT. Businesses and “god-parent” donors ($1,000 and up) are listed on a full-color overhead screen projection that continues on a loop before the program, during intermission and afterwards.
Please make checks out to Cape Cod Academy, noted as “Shelter.”
CONTACT: Lawrence Brown, Cape Cod Academy email@example.com 508-428-5400
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