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UMFK students help organize benefit concert in St. Agatha this coming weekend

August 15, 2003

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An outdoor benefit concert planned for this Saturday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m., at the Lakeview Camping Resort in St. Agatha will directly benefit the youth of that community.

The musical event, coordinated by three University of Maine at Fort Kent students, promises a fun-filled evening of great music performed by some of the St. John Valley's top musicians.

Moreover, concert-goers who pay the $3 entrance fee to attend the event will be certain their money is going to a good cause, as 100 percent of the proceeds will be turned over to the St. Agatha Recreation Department to be used for enhancing the popular community program.

More than 70 St. Agatha area youth signed up to take part in summer programs offered by the department this summer.

"There is a need and we just wanted to help meet it. The children of St. Agatha will be the direct beneficiaries," said Laurie Sirois, a sophomore enrolled in the UMFK business program who is the primary impetus behind the concert.

Sirois is working with two of her fellow students at the university to coordinate the event. Charles Collin, a secondary education major in his sophomore year, and Steve Babin, a senior in the elementary education program have also been the driving forces behind the benefit event.

In addition to performances by the coordinators themselves, others appearing on the Lakeview stage will be talented Valley vocalists Samantha Boutot, Ruby Picard, and Tiffany Goyette. Two popular area bands, "Liberty" and "Deaf Child" will round out the evening, which is expected to end around midnight.

"We are very grateful to Dick and Carol Desrosier and everyone at the Lakeview for allowing us use of their facility to host this event. We could not have put on this concert and ensured that all of the proceeds go to the recreation department without their support or the support of our other sponsors," said Sirois.

Other St. Agatha area businesses that have signed on in support of the event are the St. Agatha Federal Credit Union, Uptown Variety, Michaud Furniture, Chamberland Welding, and the Nayborhood Store.

The Saturday night concert is open to the public. The $3 entrance fee will completely benefit the St. Agatha Recreation Program.