Concert set to raise funds for shelter through songs

Domestic violence center slated to open next month

October 27, 2004|By Katie Martin | Katie Martin,SUN STAFF

In the Ghanaian children's song "Sansa Kroma," the mission of a hawk named Sansa is to secure orphaned children, conveying the importance of safety within a family and a community.

It is an appropriate selection for a concert organized to raise funds to shelter domestic violence victims in Carroll County, said Margaret Boudreaux, music department chairwoman and director of the McDaniel College choir, which will sing the song at the concert.

The college choir is one of six groups that will perform in the "With One Voice" concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will be donated to the Carroll County Domestic Safe House, scheduled to open at an undisclosed location next month.

"We are trying to bridge the gap between the money we have and the money we need," said Audrey S. Cimino, who helped organize the concert and will perform with the Masterworks Chorale. She said funds are still needed for a security system, fencing, and other startup and expenses.

The Maryland Department of Human Resources' Office of Victim Services and the Carroll County Local Management Board provided the majority of funding for the shelter. Volunteers also donated more than 400 hours of service by painting and renovating the building.

The project has been in the works for the past six years, said Joan McKee, deputy director of Human Services Programs of Carroll County.

Carroll is the last county in the state to establish a shelter. Victims are taken to hotels and motels, and do not have easy access to counseling services.

"It is important in every county to have someplace to go," said Lisa Moore, a McDaniel senior and a member of the college choir.

"The safe house is a long-term solution for a chronic growing problem in our community," said Cimino, who is also executive director of the Community Foundation of Carroll County. She said there were more than 600 court cases involving domestic violence in Carroll County last year.

The benefit concert will be held at St. John Roman Catholic Church on Monroe Street in Westminster. Ted Dix, an adjunct music lecturer at McDaniel, will play the 150- year-old organ recently restored by the church.

The concert also will feature performances by the Old Line Statesmen Barber Shop Chorus, the Children's Chorus of Carroll County and the McDaniel Gospel Choir.

"Carroll County needs a safe house for women and children so it's a worthwhile cause," said Dale Wilhelm, a member of the barber shop chorus. "Plus it's going to be a great night of music."

Tickets for the concert are $20 and will be available at the door or in advance at Westminster Union Bank branches, Dutterer's Florist and Optics Limited. Information: 410-840-0406.

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