Singing For Shelter
Singing For Shelter returns to Channing Memorial Church

Mark and Anne Gorman of Newport are hosting their 10th Annual SINGING FOR SHELTER acoustic Christmas concert, for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter. The event will be held on Thursday, December 7th from 7:00 to 9 pm at Channing Church in Newport. The doors open at 6:15 pm. .Advance tickets are $18 and are available at Lucy’s Hearth, 19 Valley Rd, Middletown. At the door: $20 the night of the show. (Children w/adult are free)

Many of Aquidneck Island’s finest musicians join together every year to raise much-needed funds for our area’s homeless shelters. This year’s performers include: Jack Casey, Ed McGuirl, Mike Fischman, Tom Perrotti, Joe Lambiase, Jimmy Winters, Ed Ledwith, Rand Bradbury, The New 40, John Monllos, Joanne Rodino, Zanricky Duo, Michelle Siegal, Matt Bruneau, Leslie Grimes, Julio Amaro, Kevin Sullivan, Rick Jones, Mike Jackson, John Flanders and Al Fresco Flutes.

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

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

A brand new Washburn acoustic guitar, donated by Rick’s Music World in Raynham, MA and valued at $1000 will be raffled.


  • TYPE OF EVENT: Acoustic Christmas Concert for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter
  • TIME OF EVENT: 7:00-9:30 PM (DOORS @ 6:15)

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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