Make plans now to be at the Garden City Community Church (245 Stewart Ave., on the corner of Whitehall Boulevard) on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. for the ninth annual Will Sing For Food (WSFF) charity concert.
As in years past, the show is performed by dedicated and talented local musicians and vocalists. The WSFF team is gearing up for another fun and interactive night of live music spanning genres from pop to rock, folk to Broadway and nearly everything in between.
Co-creative directors Andrew Morreale and Melissa Ryan are confident this year’s show will be the best one yet.
“We’re rehearsing hard and adding new instruments and performers, and we’re excited about the set list,” Morreale said. “We’re just doing our part for Long Island’s hungry with what we have to offer; live music. There are so many hungry people on Long Island and the food pantries need support year-round.”
Going into 2020, WSFF has raised more than $120,000 for Long Island’s hungry, with donations made before, during and after the show going directly to Long Island Cares, The Harry Chapin Food Bank. WSFF does not sell advanced tickets, but for $25, anyone can come enjoy the music and help support those in need. Also, the band places an open guitar case in front of the stage so people can drop in donations while they dance down the aisles.
Ryan is optimistic that WSFF can continue its great work.
“Each year we gain more traction and bring in larger crowds, and donations increase over the previous year’s [donations], so we hope to continue the trend,” she said. “We know it’s going to be a great night.”
This year’s cast features Kelly Bartley, Johnny Biedrzycki, Packy Bunn, Dave Butler, Diane Feyrer, Amber Henriquez, Katie Herbst, Rick Herbst, Billy and William Lucano, Joey Matina, Adam Mirabella, Andrew Morreale, Anna Morreale, George Petersen, Emily Schaubeck, Phillip Sharp, Jim Rowe, Maura Ryan, Melissa Ryan, Brett Sandgren, John Schoch, Denelle Veny, Mike Veny, Alexandra Vernice, Bill Volz and Jill Yoo. Also returning this year to emcee is comedienne Nancy Witter.
Visit WSFF’s website, www.WillSingForFood.org, and its Facebook page to learn more about this can’t-miss show. Donate at the door.
Email any questions to WillSingForFood@me.com or call the church office at 516-746-1700. If you cannot attend, but would like to contribute, donate at the website or mail your donation to the church office. Any amount helps.