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The “Musical Tribute to Support Our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti?, sponsored by Danville Community College on Saturday, March 13, at the North Theatre, will feature many area performers. Some of the performers include, left to right, front row: Donna Redd, Melody Barrett and Will Oakes; back row: John Wilt and Michael Regan.

Brenda Bowman and Lindsay Bowman-Poteat are just two of the performers scheduled to appear at the Musical Tribute to Support Our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti?, sponsored by Danville Community College.

DANVILLE, VA, February 22, 2010 - “We Are The World? was sung by acclaimed musicians more than 20 years ago to help raise funds for African aid, and more recently a new group of singers got together for Haitian aid relief. On March 13, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the North Theatre, local musicians from Danville Community College and the DCC service region will take their cues from these past actions to perform their own musical tribute to raise $10,000 for Haitian relief efforts.

“A Musical Tribute to Support Our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti? will feature 10 musicians and performers presenting Broadway and “oldies? selections at the North Theatre, located in Danville. Admission to the musical tribute/ fundraiser is $10. All proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go to God’s Pit Crew for the purchase of clothing and non-perishable goods. The items are being collected for the Haitian people who are in need of food, water, medical supplies, clothing and housing as a result of the January 12 earthquake which devastated a significant portion of the island nation.

“Children are hurting and dying each day as a result of the catastrophe in Haiti,? said John Wilt, DCC Associate Professor of Administration of Justice, and the one who proposed the evening of entertainment. “If we can make a difference and reduce some of the suffering, then we must assist in any way that we can. We’re asking everyone who can do so to sell tickets throughout the community.?

During the intermission, Wilt said there will be a door prize drawing for a 37? Sanyo HDTV-LCD flat screen television. He emphasized that a person does not have to be present to win the prize.

Among the performers and musicians scheduled to appear are Lindsay Bowman-Poteat, Brenda Bowman, Donna Redd, Melody Barrett, Michael Regan, Will Oakes, Judy Nolen and the Nguzo Saba African Drum and Dance Company of Danville. Alice Walker, DCC Financial Services Specialist, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

“Selections include love songs such as ‘When I Fall in Love,’ Broadway numbers from West Side Story, The Little Mermaid, Man of La Mancha, Phantom of the Opera and an inspirational piece, titled ‘Make Them Hear’,? Wilt explained. “We also plan a tribute to singer Patsy Cline, solo renditions of ‘Chain of Fools’, ‘Ooh Baby’ and ‘At Last’.?

Wilt added that a quartet of musicians will assist him as he performs “Fly Me To The Moon,? “I Left My Heart in San Francisco? and other “oldies.?

“Audience members will hear nostalgic tunes at a reasonable price while contributing to the Haitian relief effort,? Wilt said.

DCC Graphic Arts students, under the direction of Graphic Arts Professor Sheila Wright have produced posters and publicity art for the event, while the Student Government Association and the Justice Club have undertaken sponsorship and oversight planning. DCC Counselors JoLane Dunlap and Jim Lindley are assisting with overall coordination of the fundraiser. In addition, other DCC clubs and organizations will provide concessions.

Tickets for the March 13 Musical Tribute/Fundraiser for Haitian Relief efforts may be purchased at the DCC Bookstore, Division of Arts & Sciences (Temple Building), Division of Student Success and Academic Advancement (Wyatt Building), or Student Government Association and Justice Club members. For more information, contact John Wilt at 434.797.8468, or click here.


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