Mark and Anne Gorman of Newport will be hosting their 9th Annual Singing For Shelter acoustic Christmas concert, for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter, on Thursday, December 8th at Channing Memorial Church.

Many of Aquidneck Island’s favorite musicians join together every year to raise money for the area’s homeless shelters.

“As musicians, we’re all honored to do our part to try and alleviate homelessness. This winter promises to be a harsh one, so we’re asking all of Aquidneck Island friends to once again come out and support this great night of music for a great cause,” Mark Gorman said.

This year’s performers include: ZanRicky, Ray Davis and Mike Purcell, Jack Casey, Chief Noda, Rand Bradbury, Ed Ledwith, Dan and Donna O’neill, Toni and Chuck Ciany, David Dragone, Jonathan and Chris Myers, Jimmy Winters, Rick Jones, The Slackwater String Band, Al Fresco Flutes, Leslie Grimes and Matt Bruneau and Mike Jackson.

Making her first Singing For Shelter appearance is RI Musicians Hall Of Fame Inductee Brenda Bennett. As a member of superstar Prince’s Vanity 6 and Appolonia 6, Bennett earned both a gold record and a platinum record.

“Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter do a wonderful job of providing temporary housing for our homeless population. Singing For Shelter allows these local musicians to support the great work done by these shelters,” Mark Gorman continued.

The event will include a raffling off of a brand new Washburn Acoustic Guitar (valued at $1,000).

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 8th. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Children accompanied by an adult are free.

“This winter promises to be particularly harsh, so we are asking everyone to try and join us on Thursday, December 8th to get in the holiday spirit and to raise money for our homeless shelters”, Mark Gorman said.

SINGING FOR SHELTER is a Christmas In Newport event and is sponsored by Channing Memorial Church.

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