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Family concert to be held Saturday in Hunters Point, a fundraiser for refugees

Crabhouse (Upstairs Gantry Loft)

March 22, Staff Report

Several local musicians are looking to raise money for a good cause through their music.

Long Island City-based children’s musicians Suzanna Bridges and Andy Jobe are hosting a family concert in Hunters Point Saturday to raise money to support the International Refugee Assistance Project, a group that provides legal assistance to refugees overseas.

The concert will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Gantry Loft above the Crabhouse at 2-03 Borden Avenue for a suggested donation of $25 per family, with all proceeds going towards the IRAP.

“The idea for the concert was born out of the crazy time we are living in politically, and like a lot in of the community, we felt the need to do something to help but were at a loss as to what we could do individually to help people in the world and in our community,” Bridges explained.

“We thought it might be good to do something with a positive feel and come together to have a joyful experience in the name of a helping cause, and what’s more positive than a family concert with your kids,” she added.

The concert will feature two sets of songs by Bridges and Jobe, a married couple who have been working as a children’s musical duo for the past six years. The songs will be aimed at the whole family, and will include oldies, pop songs and a few Disney hits, Bridges said.

In between the sets, there will be performances by the SING LIC children’s choir and the “Jiggy Tots” toddler class from the McManus Irish Dance School.

There will also be a raffle with products and gift certificates donated by local businesses, and a bake sale with donated goods from the 51st Street Bakery and local parent contributions.

All proceeds from the event will go towards IRAP. “We wanted to pick a small organization that was doing a lot of good for those in need right now,” Bridges said.

She added that she hopes to continue to do similar events in the coming months and given the fast-changing political climate, would like to donate the funds each time to a cause that is under attack politically. She said that they might have an event that would raise money for PBS, which is in danger of losing funding under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget.

For more information on the event visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1388039977884022/

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