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Salvation Army of Greater Niagara gets help from local jazz artists

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Mon, Dec 14th 2020 10:25 am

The Salvation Army of the Greater Niagara Region will get a helping hand from local jazz artists Custode & Parisi. A special streaming concert is planned for Sunday, Dec. 20. Beginning at 6 p.m., Facebook subscribers can tune in (@CustodeandParisi) and hear a special Christmas concert featuring Custode and Parisi performing holiday music in their own jazz style.

Lew Custode (Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame Inductee) and Steve Parisi will host an evening of entertainment with a unique personal angle – all performers are family members! Joining them will be Lew’s daughter and multi-Grammy Award nominee Christina Custode (piano and vocals), along with Steve’s wife, Kristen Parisi (vocals), and his son Stephen Parisi Jr. (bass).

Lew Custode, who has volunteered for years and is no stranger to the Red Kettle Campaign, stated, “This year is completely different and much more difficult than prior years. With the onset of the pandemic, the general public has suffered greatly, the economy is struggling and fundraising is especially challenging.”

Maj. Steve Carroll of the Salvation Army added, “The impacts of COVID-19 are presenting especially difficult challenges for our communities, which is jeopardizing funding at a time when the need for community support services offered by local Salvation Army chapters is at an all-time high. I’m thrilled that we are able to partner with Lew Custode and Steve Parisi and I am looking forward to a great event!”

The local Salvation Army’s 2020 Red Kettle Campaign goal is $100,000. It’s reportedly only half-way there with less than two weeks left in this year’s effort.

A press release stated, “As the final day for fundraising (Dec. 24) looms near, it is crucial for people to understand the importance of supporting this year’s campaign. Throughout the streaming event, viewers will be reminded that 100% of the money donated stays within our local community and encouraged to donate directly to the Salvation Army through a dedicated donation link.”

For more information, contact Carroll at 716-283-7697.

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