Broadway Music Concert to Benefit Autism

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Music Therapist, Alexis Ohanian Minot, sings Broadway songs at autism benefit concert to help support music therapy programs. Proceeds benefit The Friendship Network for Children, Inc., a nonprofit mental health organization in Northborough, MA, dedicated to helping children with autism socialize using music, art, and other creative approaches.

Autism nonprofit organization, The Friendship Network for Children, Inc., announces a Broadway music benefit concert featuring vocalist and Music Therapist Alexis Ohanian Minot. Minot is an experienced vocalist who began singing in public at the age of 12. A Massachusetts native, she has sung the national anthem at Fenway Park and performed with the Rhode Island Pops. She has worked as a Music Therapist at The Friendship Network for seven years and is happy to support the organization’s mission by head-lining this concert.

The concert is on May 7, 2011 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett St. in Northborough, Massachusetts. Tickets cost $15.00 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Minot says she is happy to use her singing to support a cause she deeply believes in. She explains the results of her work at The Friendship Network. “I have seen children have successful play dates, experience the joys of friendship, and even talk for the first time in their lives.”

Children from The Friendship Network will also perform, and students from The Friendship Network’s Advocacy Group, The Student-to-Student Autism Connection, will give brief but powerful presentations sharing their experiences via poems and skits to raise autism awareness between musical acts.

Mark Hastings, an accomplished singer/songwriter, will be accompanying Minot and also perform a few tunes himself. Hastings is a long-time supporter of The Friendship Network.

A raffle and silent auction including a Bose Wave radio, sports memorabilia, and jewelry will add to the fun. Proceeds from the concert will benefit socialization groups and the advocacy program.

“We want to raise awareness of the emotional world of children with autism,” says Nancy Swanberg, Founder and Executive Director of The Friendship Network. Swanberg states, “Children with autism want to make friends, and they just don’t know how— we can help.”

For additional information on The Friendship Network for Children, to buy concert tickets, or make a donation, visit http://www.networkforchildren.org

About The Friendship Network for Children, Inc:
An award-winning nonprofit organization in Central Massachusetts serving children with autism, families, and professionals. Their motto, “Friendship is possible!’

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