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Four Amazing Local Bands Play at New Benefit “Music & Miracles”
Tickets on Sale Now to Help Breast Cancer Survivors

On Saturday March 22, Music and Miracles will hold their first annual benefit event at the Manchester Country Club, 305 South Main Street in Manchester, from 4:00 p.m. to midnight. This event is a musical festival and fundraiser where 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to local breast cancer survivors. With eight hours of music, dancing, food, and fun, this event is open to the public and tickets cost $50 a piece. A deli buffet and cash bar opens at 4:00 p.m.

 “We hope you join us at this exciting event that benefits a wonderful cause,” said Dale Kaye, Music and Miracles founder and president, and Colchester, Connecticut resident. “We all know someone with breast cancer. The unfortunate thing about cancer is that even when it is eradicated from the body, often the survivors still need to go through reconstructive surgery. The proceeds from this event go directly to a survivor to pay for any expenses needed to feel whole again.”

The evening’s festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. with a deli buffet, a cash bar, and the music of Nat Reeves Trio now featuring special guest Eddie Henderson. A trumpet and flugelhorn player, Henderson is known world-wide for his jazz fusion playing and work inspired by his relationship to Miles Davis.  Reeves is a well respected bass player that has toured the most prestigious festivals and venues around the world. Since 1982 he has been a faculty member of The Hartt School’s  African-American Music Department’s Jazz Degree Program, recently renamed  “The Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz” in West Hartford, Connecticut. Joining Henderson and Reeves are musicians Mary Davis on piano, and Paul Lombardo on drums.

At 6:15 the next band, Cajun Ray and the Steamers will play a wide range of dancing and listening music, from Bare Naked Ladies to Jimmy Buffet. The three band members all reside in Connecticut and play at various venues around the state. Rich Valerio provides the rhythmic foundation through drums and vocals; Ray Bator fills out the front sound through guitars and lead vocals; and Pete Dolecki joins with experienced bass and vocals.  This active music will continue for one hour.

Sing-a-long with Cashel Rock Irish Music for one hour, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The band is named after the 4th century castle in County Tipperary, Ireland. The group of musicians, from Connecticut’s Northeast corner, has been playing Celtic music together for over a dozen years.  The Irish music ranges from sentimental sing-a-longs, traditional tunes, to more contemporary ballads. Some of the instruments played are concertina, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, pennywhistle and the bodhran, a traditional Irish drum.  Band members include: Ned Lange; Peter Lange; Carol Sansoucy; Vickie Baker; Tim St. Jean; John Gilmore; Cathy Day; Ed Clement; and Rachel Lange.

The evening closes with three full hours of music by Eight to the Bar, a band that has been pleasing audiences since 1975 and is rooted in Northford, Connecticut. Their most recent CD titled “Calling All Ickeroos!” is now playing nation-wide on ten different radio stations after being released a little over two months ago.  The group was founded by keyboardist and vocalist Cynthia Lyons. Known for their outlandish wardrobes and humor, their music is a unique mix of forties, fifties, sixties and eighties Motown. Joining Cynthia is Charmagne on vocals and percussion, Tom Whalen on guitar and vocals, Shawn Meehan on drums and percussion, and Mike Corsini on bass guitar and vocals.

Music & Miracles Inc. is a newly formed corporation that is currently applying for non-profit status. It was founded by its board of directors, Dale Kaye, Steve Harrington, and Fred Brown, with the purpose of benefiting those who have survived breast cancer surgery, but who still battle the ordeal of post surgical treatment and reconstructive surgery. All proceeds from Music & Miracle events will be donated directly to a breast cancer survivor. The reason for benefiting one survivor rather than many is to provide a greater personal impact on a person’s well being and life.

This first event’s recipient is Debi Rushford, Colchester resident, hair stylist, business owner, and breast cancer survivor.  She is very active in the community and works hard to help others with cancer.  A Wigs for Kids Ambassador, she will soon help measure and fit custom made wigs for children with cancer, alopecia, and hair loss due to accidents. She is also a program educator for the "Look Good - Feel Better" program and teaches free sessions at the American Cancer Society in Franklin.  Rushford recently raised over $1,000 for breast cancer research at her hair salon, Shattered Endz, by raffling off a gift basket and donating a percentage of her monthly sales.

Diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago Rushford had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment. She lost all her hair and dealt with other side affects. Currently she is preparing for her second round of reconstructive surgery. The first was not successful and resulted in additional surgery.

“Thank you very much to everyone that is purchasing tickets or donating services and products to help make this benefit possible,” said Kaye. “When we all come together and give as much as we can, the impact we can make on someone else’s life is huge.”  Kaye went on to say that the cost of the benefit equals the amount it costs these days to go out to dinner on a Saturday night, or to go to the movies and enjoy their concession snacks. He encourages everyone that wants to enjoy a festive night of great music, good food, and fun to join Music and Miracles on Saturday March 22 rather then go out to dinner or the movies.

For more information on Music and Miracles first Music Festival and Fundraising benefit or these amazing musicians, visit www.musicandmiracles.org. To purchase tickets visit the web site or call 860-295-0433.

This event is publicized by Chi Consulting LLC. News on this event appeared in 7 area newspapers, in multiple issues and editions. Event happenings were also aired on regional radio stations.
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