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Native American Children's Benefit Concert in Lewiston

by jmaloni
Wed, Nov 30th 2011 09:30 pm

The second annual Native American Children's Benefit Concert will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St., Lewiston.

The benefit concert is one of a series of concerts held across the country. The concerts began 12 years ago in Phoenix by local Native American musician/actor/psychologist Darryl Tonemah. There have since been 25 concerts in Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, New Mexico and here in New York.

The cost of admission is a toy or article of clothing for a child ages birth to 17 years. The gifts go to homeless and indigent Native American children.

"The purpose of the concerts are for the community to come out and care for its children, as well as take care of each other," Tonemah said. "What's amazing about the concerts is that the artists for the most part donate their time, and we have had some of the best Native artists from around the country. It is truly a sense of community. I have had people in several locations tell me that attending the benefit is now part of their Christmas tradition"

At the Lewiston event, Tonemah will play an acoustic set. Other performers include a childrens choir, the Tuscarora Brass, as well as an appearance by Santa Claus.

The event is supported by the Odd Fellows of Sacarissa Bell Rose Lodge 307 in Lewiston.

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