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Benefit planned for children of murder-suicide victims

NIAGARA FALLS -- A benefit to raise money for two young children of Amy Vathy-Holliday will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 1142, 8643 Buffalo Ave.

Vathy-Holliday, a mother and nursing student, was killed in November by her estranged husband, Charles Holliday, who later shot himself in an Amherst hotel.

Their children, 7-year-old Mykia and 4-year-old Charles, are being raised by Amy's mother, Norine Vathy, and sister, Racquel Jansma.

Friends and family are planning the event Saturday to benefit the children. Tickets are $20 and will include food, music, auction admission and door prizes. Donations can also be made at any branch of Citizens Bank to "Benefit Amy Holliday Children."

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Theater audience to hear Holocaust survivor

NORTH TONAWANDA -- A Holocaust survivor will address the audience of the Starry Night Theatre about her experiences Saturday night, following the company's performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank."

The woman, who allows herself to be identified only as Sophia, had similar experiences to those of Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager whose diary was left behind after she and her family were found in hiding in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and taken to Nazi death camps in 1944.

Sophia also lived in Amsterdam, was about the same age as Anne and also went into hiding. She will talk to audience members in the art gallery of the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., after the play, which starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the performance are $12, with seniors and student receiving $2 off. Seats may be reserved by calling 743-1614. The play, although not the reception with Sophia, also will be performed at 8 p.m. today as well as Feb. 27 and 28, and at 2 p.m. March 1.

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