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'Music With A Mission' concert benefits Community Missions

by jmaloni

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Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:00 pm
Men in White Choir members performing at Community Missions' 2013 Gospel Fest held at First Baptist Church in Niagara Falls.
Men in White Choir members performing at Community Missions' 2013 Gospel Fest held at First Baptist Church in Niagara Falls.

Men in White Choir, along with special guest the Chapel at Crosspoint Choir, present a benefit concert for Community Missions of Niagara Frontier

On Sunday, July 27, the Men in White Choir will present "Music With A Mission," a benefit concert to support, celebrate and honor the work of Community Missions of Niagara Frontier.

The concert will take place at the historic First Baptist Church at 554 Main St. (Fourth and Main), Niagara Falls. It begins at 5 p.m. (doors open for seating at 4:30 p.m.). A reception with light refreshments will follow the concert.

Buffalo's Men in White Choir is the featured act for the evening. The concert is free an open to the public, though a free will offering will be collected to support the work of Community Missions.

The Men in White Choir has performed for Community Mission in the past.

"We learned about Community Missions a year or so ago when they invited us to perform a few songs at their annual Gospel Fest," said choir founder Pat Ragan. "We were impressed with the many services they offer and with just how long and how hard they have worked to bring compassion and love to individuals and families in such deep need."

The program will open with a performance by The Chapel at Crosspoint Choir, directed by Alan Dusel, choir and orchestra director at The Chapel.

"When we were approached to be part of the 'Music With A Mission' benefit concert along with the Men in White Choir, I was very excited," Dusel said. "The Men in White are just great, and Community Missions is so worthy of the support. I first worked with Community Missions on an annual Christmas CD they were producing several years back, and I'm glad to help out again."

Dusel said the Chapel Choir usually takes a break over the summer, but "our choir members feel blessed at having this opportunity to serve and help with the work of Community Missions. The choir is very motivated and looking forward to being part of this concert to support the mission."

During the concert there will be information presented about Community Missions, including brief video interviews with individuals who have benefited from its services. The Rev. Mark Breese, Community Missions' minister and director of ministry and community partnerships, said there is much excitement about the concert.

"I am glad that both choirs are so committed and enthusiastic about helping the mission," he said. "Their music will give us an opportunity to share our story and let people know how they can get involved."

That is the choirs' hope, as well.

"The Men in White Choir feels so happy and blessed to be able to present the "Music With A Mission" concert along with the Chapel at Crosspoint Choir to help support the work of Community Missions," Ragan said.

She encouraged the community to "come out and celebrate Community Missions with us and the Men in White Choir. This Music does have a mission, and you can be part of it, too."

Community Missions has been serving those in need in the Niagara Region since 1925. The agency is the largest private provider of crisis services in Niagara County. In 2013, Community Missions provided more than 75,000 meals and nearly 11,000 nights of care within its crisis services programs.

Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, individuals with HIV/AIDS, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-oriented settings.

For directions and more information, visit Community Missions' website at www.communitymissions.org/ music.

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