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'Songs for Sara' Benefit Concert for a Brain Injured Child featuring America's Got Talent's Donald Braswell

Saturday, November 21, 2009 General News J E 4
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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20 Donald Braswell, 4th place winner from TV's "America's Got Talent" 2008 season, and William Stokking, retired principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, are featured in the "Songs for Sara" Benefit Concert for Sara Ann Kronrot, a six-year-old Collingswood girl with profound cerebral palsy. Included are a pre-concert talk with Mr. Braswell about America's Got Talent and a Chinese style auction with big prizes. "Meet the Artists" reception to follow.

Where: Haddon Township High School, 406 Memorial Ave. Haddon Twp, NJ 08108-3398

Directions: Go to www.haddon.k12.nj.us/oldweb/directions.htm

When: Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009

Time of pre-concert talk: 6:30 p.m.

Time of Concert: 7:30 p.m.

Description of pre-concert talk: Mr. Braswell will give a question/answer session for those wishing to learn more about singing with America's Got Talent.

Description of concert: Donald Braswell will sing classical, pop, Broadway, and new compositions. Other performers include cellist William Stokking and his wife cellist/pianist Nancy Stokking, classical pianist Norma Meyer; contralto Katrice Cornett with the Highest Praise Gospel Singers, and ballroom dancers Rodney Thomas and Monica Welch. Sara Ann's parents, soprano Melissa Perry and pianist/conductor Hugh Kronrot will also perform. More at www.donaldbraswell.com and www.melissaperrysoprano.net.

Why: Sara Ann's injury prevents her from swallowing, so her throat must be cleared every five to 15 minutes. She is unable to hold up her head or trunk. She does, however, speak minimally and is learning to read and write. She has had 70 hospital admissions and needs crucial therapies to continue moving forward, but the family's insurance doesn't cover expensive cutting-edge treatments. Her parents cannot work full-time because of her 24/7 home health needs, and they are struggling with astronomical insurance bills. Funds raised will go into Sara's Medical Trust. More at www.friendsofsara.com and http://momofamiracle.blog.com.

Tickets: Tickets are $25, $15 for students/seniors. The Ritz Theater Box Office is handling credit card sales and can be contacted at (856) 858-5230. For check payments call (856) 266-1418, e-mail tofuyum@yahoo.com, or send a check (payable to Friends of Sara) to Barbara Leap, P.O. Box 608, Glassboro, NJ 08028. Contributions gratefully accepted at www.friendsofsara.com through Paypal.

Contact: Barbara Leap tofuyum@yahoo.com +1-856-266-1418

SOURCE Mamoo House
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