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Press Release

Shelter from the Storm Benefit Concert for the Vets

This program was awarded a congressional Citation in 2012 by Congressman Keating.

February 14th, 2014 at the Tilden Arts Center
Cape Cod Community College, Hyannis at 7:00 -9:30 PM. 

Tickets $5.00 students / $10.00 adults  at the door.

Shelter from the Storm

BENEFITING: Cape veterans by fully funding a summer “Stand Down” program organized by Duffy Health Center and the Veterans’ Outreach Center. Their program brings 35 agencies to the Campus of Cape Cod Academy for a day of free services for vets. We are also expanding our contributions to the Cape Cod Council of Churches’ homeless programs and local food pantries.

Background: Kids involved: We’ve been working with Dance Designs and the Beth Walsh Dance Troop - and with several big dance numbers now part of our program, we involve at least 90 dancers alone. Throw in the Conservatory and several bands as well as individual acts from participating schools... and then our CCA production crew and the extra hands the bands bring and the total involvement of young people approaches 200. The 2013 concert also featured a band from Brazil and a dance troop from India, traveling here at their own expense to be a part of the Shelter experience and to bring some ideas home with them.

Money raised: Our first concert fed the Noah Shelter for 4 months. In order to finance the Stand Down program for our veterans and support  various local homeless relief efforts, we’ll need to raise around 15,000 dollars this year, exceeding what the concert raised last year. We’ve raised over 50 thousand dollars in the first 6 years, doing better each year. We are grateful to our donors: individuals, local businesses, banks and foundations.

Consciousness raised: The Shelter concert has become a kind of bull’s eye - a focal point for not only raising money but for directing public attention to serious local needs. Local media, both print and radio, have been very generous. In each case, we get to talk about the central purpose of our efforts, to house the homeless and now: to assist our local veterans. Regarding our veterans, 26% of the nation’s homeless population are veterans who’ve served our country. A veteran is taking his own life every 80 minutes now. The Shelter project gets all these kids helping and starting conversations all over the Cape. Our organizers and performers know they are changing lives (even saving lives) with what they do. Certainly, some of the lives that are changed are their own.

Organizations & Contact info: CAPE COD ACADEMY is a private school, pre-K through 12 with a deep tradition of public service. The concert organizers are members of People-to-People International and the Barnstable County Human Rights Academy. CONTACT Lawrence Brown, CCA, faculty & Concert Director at 508-428-5400 at Cape Cod Academy, 508-771-5096 at home evenings.

Please make donations checks out to CAPE COD ACADEMY noted Shelter Fund, 50 W. Osterville/Barnstable Rd. Osterville, MA 02655. 

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The mission of Duffy Health Center is to prevent and reduce homelessness on Cape Cod through community collaborations and the provision of integrated medical, behavioral health, case management and housing services to persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. For more information about the Duffy Health Center Evening of Stars please visit the Duffy website at www.duffyhealthcenter.org