Benefit concert Jan. 10 for African service trip

There will be a benefit concert on January 10 to raise funds for area youth and adults who will be traveling to West Africa in July to help some of the neediest children of Ghana. The concert will be at p.m. in the home of Justin and Barbara Mellon Kolb outside of Fleischmanns and will feature performances by Justin Kolb, Patricia Dell and Kent Brown.
Peg DiBenedetto will lead the 10-day trip for the group, who will be volunteering with BASICS International. Founded by American-born Pat Wilkens, BASICS gets poor Ghanaian children into school and helps fund their school fees, as well as operating a children’s center, Nana’s House, where kids can get homework help, take a shower, eat a hot meal and have a safe haven from the hard streets of the capital city of Accra. Nana’s House also hosts regular dental and medical clinics, vocational classes, summer programs and literacy classes for parents.
The group of youth and adults will lead a weeklong activity program at Nana’s House. Help is needed to subsidize the trip for many of the young travelers, since the cost per person will be about $2,200.
Popular local performers Justin Kolb, Patricia Dell and Kent Brown are happy to share their gifts for this great cause. From classical to contemporary and serious music to show tunes, the concert will feature something for everyone.
Admission is $25. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For information or reservations, contact Barbara at mellon@catskill.net or Peg DiBenedetto at 845 254-6508. If you’re interested in joining the trip or helping the group in other ways, give Peg a call.