Thursday, March 18, 2010

Press Release: Festival of Hope


Binghamton, N.Y., March 18, 2010 . . . . .The second annual “Festival of Hope” concert on May 16 featuring congregational choruses and sponsored by the Broome County Council of Churches will benefit the Council’s wheelchair ramp program.

The concert is open to the public and is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, at the Conklin Presbyterian Church, 1175 Conklin Road, and is expected to feature 10 choruses. For its finale, the choruses will join together to sing the Messiah. No admission will be charged, but there will be a free-will offering with those proceeds used to offset construction material costs of the Council’s free “Ramp It Up 2010” wheelchair program. The ramps for those in need will be constructed on summer weekends

“Thirteen wheelchair ramps were constructed last summer providing safer access for residents in and out of their homes,” the Rev. Dr. Joseph Sellepack, executive director of the Council of Churches, said. “More than 200 volunteer youth and adult mentors built the ramps—we hope to have as many volunteers, or more this year based on the success of our initial efforts in 2009.”

People who have applied for ramps this year are encouraged to attend the concert, as are those who received ramps in 2009.

Congregational choruses interested in performing at the concert are asked to call Judy Mica Guerin at the Council of Churches at 724-9130 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email her at


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