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    Songs for Syria

    The university is supporting a sold-out fundraising concert to assist Syrian families impacted by the humanitarian crisis. 

    [Lori Rand]
    Lori Rand looks at photos of one of the Syrian families that has settled in the Kingston area. The Save a Family from Syria group has organized a fundraising concert featuring Sarah Harmer at the Isabel on Nov. 20.

    Juno-award winning musician Sarah Harmer, a member of Artsci’93, will play a benefit show on Nov. 20. Queen’s has donated the use of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts to the event organizers, Save a Family from Syria.

    “We are thrilled the university has generously provided, free of charge, such a wonderful venue for this concert,” says Lori Rand, Curriculum Coordinator for Faculty Development in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and a volunteer with the local branch of Save a Family from Syria.

    All proceeds from the concert and the accompanying silent auction will help bring Syrian families to Kingston. The organization has successfully settled two families in the local area, and is in the process of submitting applications for two more families.

    “This event demonstrates the power of positive town-gown relationships. It would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of incredible Kingston community members,” Ms. Rand says. “In addition to raising funds, we are hoping it encourages Queen’s community members to become involved in the cause.”

    Save a Family from Syria is also hosting a silent auction, which has already started online. The silent auction will continue in the lobby of The Isabel during the show. View all of the items and bid online.

    The benefit concert will take place Nov. 20 at The Isabel beginning at 7:30 pm.