Tsunami Benefit Concert on February 26th at Lower Merion Baptist Church

By Staff Writer
February 3, 2005

I am contacting you on behalf of the Main Line Opera Guild. We are a group of singers who perform regularly in the area. I have included below a press release about our concert to raise money for the UNICEF Tsunami aid fund. The concert will take place at the Lower Merion Baptist Church at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 26th. I would appreciate a notice about the concert appearing in your publication.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please call me, Mary Punshon at (484) 840-4316 (daytime) or (610)325-5544 (evenings) or email me at mary@thepunshonspage.com or call the group’s director: Nancy Patton, 610-361-8878, or 610-232-2926.

Yours truly,
Mary Punshon

The Main Line Opera Guild
210 E. Peters Lane
Aston, PA 19014
Nancy Patton, Director

Lower Merion Baptist Church
911 New Gulph Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 525-1855 / Fax: (610) 525-1754
The Reverend Jonathan A. Malone, Minister

February 7, 2005

For Immediate Release

In the wake of the tsunami disaster and its staggering death toll, the Main Line Opera Guild, a singing group based in Philadelphia’s Suburbs is stepping up to the plate to raise money to support UNICEF’s effort.

The contribution is significant according to the group’s Director, Nancy Patton. “It’s important for us to step forward and be one of the representatives from the arts community in the wake of this horrible disaster and to show that the arts community can give to the world in more ways then one”.

The Guild will perform in a concert of operatic excerpts and Broadway tunes on Saturday, February, 26th at 7:30 pm at the Lower Merion Baptist Church, 911 New Gulph Road Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, to benefit tsunami victims. Donations will be accepted at the door. All time and materials will be donated, so that every dollar raised will go directly to the UNICEF tsunami relief fund.

Scheduled performers are Maria Barnet of Wilmington, Dawn Marie Clark of Jeffersonville, Dolly Hemphill of West Chester, Don Johnson of Ardmore, Nancy Patton of Aston, Mary Punshon of Broomall, Judi Rough of Devon, and Enrico Adriano, Dorothy Cardella, Bohdan Chaplynsky, James Longacre, Kate Quinn, John Rudolph, and pianist Ben Blozan, from Philadelphia. Selections include pieces by Mozart, Cole Porter, Puccini, Johann Strauss, Verdi, Andrew Lloyd Weber, and Kurt Weil.

For more information please call the Lower Merion Baptist Church at 610-525-1855.
Directions: From Rt. 30 or Montgomery Ave. in Bryn Mawr – Turn north onto Morris Rd. Turn left onto New Gulph Road. The church is on the right, before the Roberts/New Gulph Rd. Intersection. More detailed directions are available on the Church website at http://www.lowermerionbaptist.org.

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