ADL to host Concert for Unity in Westport Sept. 10 – Minuteman News Center

Posted By on August 9, 2017

In an effort to build a stronger and more unified community, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will host VOICES: A Concert for Unity, a first-of-its-kind event, on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

VOICES will be held at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Westport. It is a fundraising benefit and community gathering designed to bring people together, foster dialogue and build mutual respect.

Using the power of song, dance, video and storytelling to inspire and unify, VOICES will welcome an audience of 1,500 people of different backgrounds from towns across Southern Connecticut.

VOICES will feature a host of music icons along with talent from the community, including Plain White Ts, Suzanne Vega, Garland Jeffreys and Paul Shaffer who also will serve as the master of ceremonies. Alisan Porter, winner of NBCs The Voice, and Adam Kaplan, Broadway star, will also perform, along with musicians, soloists, choirs and dancers from Bridgeport, Fairfield, Stamford, Weston, and Westport.

One-third of event tickets will be provided at no charge to representatives from dozens of community non-profit groups, interfaith leaders, students and educators, local and state government officials, and members of law enforcement all of whom are active partners in ADLs mission of securing justice and fair treatment to all.

ADL Connecticut Regional Director, Steve Ginsburg said, The show itself will be unforgettable but this is more than just a fantastic concert. VOICES will foster understanding and respect so we can come together as neighbors, and meet the myriad challenges that were facing as a community, as a state and as a nation.

The events objective of promoting unity was a major draw for both artists on the stage and community partners in the audience. We really wanted to do this event, said Plain White Ts lead singer Tom Higgenson. We all come from so many different backgrounds and we support ADLs efforts to help us feel more connected as a society.

Bobby Walker, CEO of Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, a VOICES community partner, said, The Boys & Girls Club is committed to bringing all people together. ADL and its VOICES concert serves that same spirit for our entire state.

Proceeds from VOICES will provide much needed resources for ADL Connecticuts programs to combat bigotry and bullying, and will enable ADL to continue to guide local communities in responding to incidents of hate and bias. A limited number of tickets are still available for a tax-deductible donation of $275 for adults, and $125 for students under 21.

Corporate sponsors include Berchem, Moses & Devlin, Ice Air, David Adam Realty, Moffly Media, Nestle Waters, and Terex, with support from Fairfield County Community Foundation. Some sponsorships remain available.

Under the artistic direction of Sarah Green, the full roster of talent includes: Plain White Ts, Paul Shaffer, Suzanne Vega, Garland Jeffreys, Alisan Porter, Adam Kaplan, Justin Honigstein, Napoleon da Legend, Drew McKeon, Dan Asher, Dennis Collins, and Haneef Burrell, plus local groups including ABCD, Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, KEYS

and Pivot Ministries Choir (Bridgeport), Chris Coogan and the Good News Choir (Weston), Double Up Dance Studio and FRANK! (Fairfield), the 2016/17 Staples Orphenians (Westport), and Music Theatre of Connecticut (Norwalk).

To learn more about this event, make a financial gift or become a sponsor please visit:

http://www.adlvoices.org.

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