Haitian Benefit

First Parish Unitarian

Universalist Church

Portland , Maine

Sunday, February 21

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Portland’s First Parish UU hosts a benefit concert for the people of Haiti. 

Portland First Parish Unitarian Universalist is hosting a concert on Sunday evening, February 21st, to benefit the people of Haiti.  Featured are several of the area’s most popular musicians and bands, including Sean Mencher and His Rhythm Kings, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, midcoast folksingers Jim Loney and Kat Logan, and singer/songwriter Peter Alexander, with other surprise guests.  Tickets are $10 minimum donation available through Bull Moose Music, Rosemont Markets and at the office at 425 Congress Street. Tickets will also be available at the night of the concert.  Food by Local Sprouts Cooperative, church members and local businesses will also be for sale.  Doors Open at 5:30 pm. 

“We are especially grateful for all the fabulous musicians on board for this benefit,” said Ashley Lasbury, president of the First Parish Governing Board. “The lineup is designed to appeal to people of all ages.  The first half of the evening will feature a mix of acoustic talent.  In the second half, Sean Mencher’s rockabilly is so infectious people will be dancing in the aisles.  Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is an impassioned, fun and universally appealing musician who engages an audience with heart and soul.  Along with a couple of surprise guest artists rounding out the concert, it will be a great way to come together for the people of Haiti.” 

“This benefit concert will raise funds for Partners In Health, which has been providing health services and training in Haiti for more than 20 years,” said Betsy Whitman, the church’s ‘Faith in Action’ coordinator. “They are a well-respected world wide health organization and were recently rated as one of the most effective nonprofits by NBC news. (See www.CharityNavigator.org).  We know Partners In Health will use the funds we raise efficiently and effectively to help those most in need in Haiti.”   

First Parish UU stands at both the historical and contemporary center of Portland. In the words of one of its ministers, “First Parish is a warm and welcoming place in the heart of the city.”  The church has been on the forefront of social action in Portland and is excited to offer their historic and beautiful church to help the people in Haiti who have suffered devastating losses, and look forward to welcoming the greater Portland community through their doors for an evening of great music and social justice. Contact the church office for more information at office@firstparishportland.org  or call (207) 773-5747.