One Love Concert – Rescheduled
One Love Concert at the Multicultural Arts Center – Rescheduled to Nov 10
Friday, November 10 at 8 PM, join us for a Benefit to Raise Money for “Richard Honan’s” Operation Military Care Package & The Multicultural Arts Center. The Duppy Conquerors, a Bob Marley tribute band, will provide the music while JW’s, Blackstrap BBQ, and Tastyplates will provide the food! All that for the price of the ticket. One Love!
Richard Honan of Honan Sign had an ongoing project where he gathered supplies and sent them off to our military serving overseas, so we asked if there was anything we could do.
From Richard Honan
“I started this program of supporting our military men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan about in mid-2002 with a young girl by the name of Kelly Kneeland. I had seen this young woman grow up and go from kindergarten grade school and then onto high school with my daughter Christine. Kelly graduated Winthrop High School and then went off to study nursing at Syracuse University. While studying at Syracuse, she became a member of ROTC and was commissioned an Army Lieutenant. When the second Gulf War broke out in Iraq in 2002, she was off to Iraq as part of the initial invasion force.
Being an Army Vietnam Veteran myself, I remembered not only the danger of war but also the loneliness of being away from home. I took it upon myself to write to her and send her a care package every month for her entire deployment. I sort of adopted her and kept her under my wing until she came home. Kelly was no sooner home than I connected with another soldier, which led to another soldier, to another . . . one soldier came home, another one led to two more and so on.
I typically ship 400 – 600 pounds of goods(approx twenty-five or thirty boxes) to Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East every month. In the thirteen years that I have been doing this I have shipped over 29,000 pounds of goods. I have to be thankful to all the individuals and groups from Winthrop, Revere and East Boston that donate goods on a regular basis. Postage alone can run over $500.00 a month.” – Continue Here
Here is the inside scoop on how this great event idea came about in the words of event organizer Kate Economides of Tasty Plates/Blackstrap BBQ.
“Two people that have had a huge impact on my life are Shelley Neill & Richard Honan. Richard Honan will do anything to help anyone out. When his daughter Kelly decided to join the military, Richard wanted Kelly to receive “care packages” that would make her know they were thinking of Kelly & to say thank you for serving for our Country. So basically one “care package” turned into 3,500 packages totaling 33,000 lbs! Since this is an amazing idea, I have devoted most of my charity work to raising money for this awesome cause. And anyone can give Richard a name & address, and he will get a care package to them. Shelley Neill and her passion for the arts is mind blowing, and her love for equal love makes me want to do more! Shelley is always thinking of how she can help devoting her life to music! It makes me proud to be able to help raise money for The Multicultural Arts Center, so we can keep on providing a space for diversity in the arts for dancers, musicians & visual artists, and provide something great for the community.”
The Multicultural Art Center is a non-profit corporation founded in 1978 as an arts center focused on helping diverse populations better understand one another. In 1985 we moved into our new home at 41 Second Street.
Our mission is to present multicultural visual and performing arts programs to educate the community about diversity and make our facility available to artists or groups that might not otherwise have access to a professionally equipped facility or the cultural mainstream.
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