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Palisades welcomes Legacy for make-up concert

| Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011

Legacy might feel like a little black cloud is hovering directly over the McKeesport Lions Bandshell in Renziehausen Park every time the group is supposed to perform.

Twice, including on the Fourth of July, its outdoor concert, planned as part of the summer McKeesport Concerts in the Park series, was postponed because of inclement weather.

Finally, the group is set to perform at no charge in a concert at the Palisades Performing Arts Center for the Performing Arts, 01 Water St. in McKeesport on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.

McKeesport Lions Club president Dan Carr coordinated the summer concert series under the direction of Mayor Regis McLaughlin. It was produced and managed by McKeesport Lions Club and McKeesport recreation director Jim Brown.

Although the concerts are made possible through $20,000 in seed money from Allegheny County Regional Asset District, local sponsors and presenters make up the difference so that the concerts are available at no charge.

Carr said Legacy graciously agreed to a return engagement after the rainouts and he's pleased the Palisades "opened its door to us for the concert."

In addition to some terrific music, McKeesport Lions Club collected used eyeglasses at each concert to help fulfill the Lions' mission of serving the community and supporting the blind and visually impaired.

"The International Lions Club was started by businessmen using their influence to support our communities," Carr said. "Then, later, they became the Knights for the Blind, answering a call from Helen Keller with a quote (tilde)walking with a friend in the dark is better than alone in the light.'

"As one of our stated purposes in Lionism, we promote good government and citizenship. Working together with the city of McKeesport allows us to empower volunteers in serving our community.

"This year's Concert in the Park Series at the Lions Bandshell was an overwhelming success. We were able to raise the awareness of our club and continue to accept the responsibility of service without personal financial gain."

There's also a 50/50 drawing at the concerts to raise additional money so that the series can continue.

"We were able to donate $4,475 back to the city," Carr said. "McKeesport should be proud of having the assets and ability to host these events inside a landmark of a building for the performing arts, or outside in a beautiful park setting at the Lions Bandshell.

"I hope that we have a good attendance at this concert so that I can recognize the many volunteers who made this season possible. The admission is free, but we hope that you remember to bring your discarded eyeglasses. This year, with public support, we collected (more than) 250 glasses and helped finance many sight-impaired friends."

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