When Sophie M. Lawry was younger, her grandmother, Brigid Boyle, suffered from multiple sclerosis and was in a wheelchair. The folks at the Office for Exceptional Children and Adults in Jericho were kind and helpful to Boyle and his family, so Lawry wants to give back to the office.
She will perform at a benefit concert for Jericho on Sunday, September 26 at 1:30 p.m. at 537 Northampton St., Holyoke.
Other artists featured will be Dan Kane and Friends and The Singing Priests.
“There will be vocals in a variety of genres including Pop, Jazz, Motown and Broadway,” said Lawry of Westfield. The list includes “The Impossible Dream”, “Say a Little Prayer”, “Dedicated Without Hope”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “How Great Thou Art”.
Lawry will play guitar for a few songs, and Kane, playing piano, will accompany him and other singers including Freddie Marion, Traci Mnich Napoli, Allie Masadrelli, Alannah Judd and Shea Braceland.
Lawry has been singing with Kane since he was four years old. “I’m 14 now, so I grew up with Dan Kane and his friends,” she said.
This will be her third benefit concert for Jericho, dedicated to breaking down barriers faced by people and families living with disabilities.
“Since my time with the Dan Kane Singers, I have made so many friends, learned many lessons and had amazing opportunities like singing at Soldiers ‘Home, Western Mass Seniors’ Centers. , malls, The Iron Horse and even Hampden. county jails, ”said Lawry, who has sung the national anthem at places like Gillette and Harvard stadiums and for professional teams like the Pawtucket RedSox, Springfield Thunderbirds and Hartford Yard Goats.
She said the Jericho benefit concert will be “an amazing and very entertaining afternoon full of music”.
The concert will take place rain or shine, either outside or in the Father Robert Wagner Celebration Center.
“I’m excited people are coming back to outdoor entertainment,” Lawry said. “It will be a great day and it will raise funds for Jericho. People will also have the chance to experience the beauty of the Jericho campus and learn more about this valuable organization.”
There will be an outdoor Mass at noon celebrated by Bishop William D. Byrne, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, followed by an outdoor concert at 1:30 pm.
A light lunch will be served after midday mass before the start of the concert.
The cost of the concert is $ 15 per ticket, which includes refreshments.
For tickets and more information, visit jerichobeca.org.
Event: Concert for the benefit of the Office for Exceptional Children and Adults in Jericho
When: Sunday September 26, 1:30 p.m.
Or: 537 Northampton Street, Holyoke
Cost: $ 15
For tickets and more information: jerichobeca.org