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Concert to benefit home assistance program

LEWISTON – A concert to celebrate spring will be feature the Summer of ’69 Allstar Band slated for 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Lewiston Event Center, 845 Cayuga St., to benefit HART Interfaith Inc. (Home Assistance Referral Team).

The event will include an opportunity to bowl, play virtual golf and enjoy the company of local notables, including: Lewiston Mayor Terry Collesano and his wife, Jeannette, director of the Town of Lewiston’s Senior Center; television personalities Maryalice Demler and Keith Radford; Tracy Gillick; retired Niagara University President the Rev. Joseph Levesque; Dr. Robert Bull; the Rev. Msgr. David LiPuma; Lewiston Supervisor Steve Broderick; Town of Niagara Clerk Sylvia Virtuoso; the Rev. Robert Hughson, and others.

Students from the Lewiston Music School will perform at 6 p.m., with the Summer of ’69 Allstars to follow.

Voluntary donations and tips will benefit HART.

Located in the First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston for more than 30 years, HART is a not-for-profit organization that helps provide the elderly and infirm with assistance, allowing them to retain independence and remain in their own homes. For information about HART or the event, call 754-8313.

Patricia Berggren, vice chair of HART’s board of directors, said, “All of our operating costs come from donations and grants – HART is a real grassroots operation.”

She said HART handles around 600 open cases per year, helping connect close to 300 carefully prescreened caregivers with those in need.

“And we generally assign caregivers who stay with the client for the duration of their need – they really become part of your family,” she noted.

Berggren also said HART, long focused on helping those in Lewiston, Youngstown and Niagara Falls, is increasing its service area to assist more people.

Berggren said HART is expanding into “the towns of Niagara and Wheatfield, Grand Island, Lockport, and the Tonawandas. We are pretty unique and we are broadening our reach.”