Catholic Charities to close 2016 appeal with special concert

Mon, May 23rd 2016 08:00 am
Sean Panikkar (from left), Hana Ryu and Josh Page have performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall since forming the trio. (Courtesy of Catholic Charities)
Sean Panikkar (from left), Hana Ryu and Josh Page have performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall since forming the trio. (Courtesy of Catholic Charities)

Catholic Charities of Buffalo, along with sponsor LPCiminelli, announced an evening of music featuring the classical crossover-operatic pop trio Forte Tenors at Kleinhans Music Hall on Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities' 2016 Appeal, which concludes the same day.

Bishop Richard J. Malone will announce the final results of the 2016 appeal during the show's intermission. The annual campaign carries a goal of $11 million.

Tickets to the concert can now be purchased through Kleinhans Music Hall and range in price from $45.50 to $75.50. A limited number of VIP meet and greet tickets are available at $115.50 each, which will include premium seating, an autographed CD and a photo taken with the trio to be provided after the concert.

"This is the first time in the history of the appeal that Catholic Charities has ever done something like this to generate awareness and raise funds for the appeal. We're excited to involve the general public on a larger scale and are very much looking forward to this special evening with Forte Tenors," said Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities.

Forte is best known for achieving fourth place in 2013 during the eighth season of "America's Got Talent." The group, now comprised of Josh Page, Sean Panikkar and Hana Ryu, was then signed by Columbia/SYCO records. Forte's 2013 self-titled debut album topped the Barnes & Noble bestseller list and rose to number two on Amazon Best Sellers. The group's second in-studio album, "The Future Classics," is in the works and is expected to release this spring.

The appeal, which officially began Jan. 6, helps fund Catholic Charities' 70 myriad programs and services across 61 sites in Western New York along with a number of ministries through the Bishop's Fund for the Faith.

Since its founding in 1923, Catholic Charities has helped individuals and families in need. That need is varied and widespread - from emergency assistance to counseling and from specialized services for the elderly to help with job training and education.

To make a donation or learn more about the appeal contact Catholic Charities at 716-218-1400 or go to www.ccwny.org.   

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