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Niagara University concert benefits Community Missions

LEWISTON – Niagara University Opportunity Program’s (NUOP) second annual Christmas benefit concert raised $1,000 for Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier.

Jerrell Mason, NUOP director, presented a check to Grant Babcock, director of operations at Community Missions, during the event Dec. 1. It took place in the Castellani Art Museum. Performers included Mason, former NUOP director Connie Mathews, who retired in May after 36 years at Niagara, and several local gospel music artists.

Proceeds from the sales of a Christmas album featuring local singers also benefited local charities.

NUOP is designed for students with potential who are interested in furthering their education but who are not admissible under NU’s standard admissions criteria. The goal is to make higher education possible for students who are academically underprepared and economically disadvantaged. NUOP is funded by the university and the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). To learn more, call 286-8068 or visit

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