Concert to Benefit Matthew Shepard Foundation Will Feature Batt, von Essen, de Haas, Hewitt and Rodriguez

News   Concert to Benefit Matthew Shepard Foundation Will Feature Batt, von Essen, de Haas, Hewitt and Rodriguez The second annual embrace! concert to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation will be held Feb. 17 at the Westside Theatre.

Presented by Michele Helberg and Jamie McGonnigal, the evening will feature the talents of Nancy Anderson, Bryan Batt, Nikki Renee Daniels, Max von Essen, Darius de Haas, Tom Hewitt, Kate Pazakis and "Queer Eye" star Jai Rodriguez as well as singer/songwriters Jenny Giering and Randi Driscoll. McGonnigal will direct the 7 PM concert, which will feature songs that celebrate diversity, inspiration and hope. All proceeds from the Feb. 17 evening will benefit The Matthew Shepard Foundation, which was founded in December 1998 by Dennis and Judy Shepard. The Shepards established the foundation in memory of their 21-year-old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime. The Foundation supports educational projects, activities and documentaries that raise awareness of the issues involving discrimination and diversity. The Foundation's goal, according to production notes, "is to educate and replace hate with understanding, acceptance and compassion."

The Westside Theatre is located at 407 West 43rd Street.   Tickets are available by calling (646) 289-6864 or by visiting www.MatthewShepard.org.

   

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