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Kris Kristofferson to Perform in Benefit Concert for Farm Worker Housing May 30 in Ventura, Calif.

Kris Kristofferson will perform for a benefit concert to aid farm worker housing Saturday, May 30 at the Majestic Ventura Theater (26 South Chestnut St., Ventura). A silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. with the concert at 7:00 p.m.

PRLog - May 20, 2009 - VENTURA, Calif. -- Contacts:
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Limoneira Company                  
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Ellen Brokaw
Brokaw Nursery

May 20, 2009

Kris Kristofferson to Perform in Benefit Concert for Farm Worker Housing
Saturday May 30 in Ventura

   Ventura, California --As the economy makes its way through the second year of a national recession, local groups are stepping forward to help some of Ventura County’s most vulnerable members. Ventura Council Member and former Mayor Carl Morehouse made contact with Kris Kristofferson, who has graciously agreed to return to perform for a second “Have a Heart for Farm Workers” benefit concert to aid farm worker housing. The event takes place Saturday, May 30 at the Majestic Ventura Theater (26 South Chestnut St., Ventura). A silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. with the concert at 7:00 p.m.

   “Kris is someone who truly understands the plight of working people and the working poor,” says Morehouse. “He has a long history of sharing his talents to benefit those in need."  Kristofferson performed two years ago to raise funds for farm worker housing. The concert raised close to $100,000.

   Mike McGuire, President and CEO of Affinity Bank, one of the event’s key sponsors, is grateful for Kristofferson’s generosity. “We live in a beautiful county, and one of our key economic drivers is agriculture. Farm workers are essential to successful agriculture and their need for decent, affordable homes has never been greater. The concert proceeds will help remedy their living situations by supporting the work of the Ag Futures Alliance’s House Farm Workers program and the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Farm Worker Housing Fund.”

   Gail Weller Brown, chair person of the concert planning committee, also is grateful for the many people offering assistance with the event. “Limoneira Company is stepping forward again, Mark Hartley will hold a reception for sponsors at his beautiful WaterMark restaurant and Tim Kilcoyne, of the Sidecar Restaurant, is organizing a 'Food on Chestnut' venue which will feature locally grown delicacies. Before Kristofferson sings, concert goers will enjoy a silent auction in the lobby and watch a multi-media presentation created by children of farm workers.”

   “Farm workers struggle to house their families and their children suffer the effects of growing up in unhealthy and overcrowded homes,” says Ellen Brokaw who has spearheaded the farm worker housing movement in Ventura County. “Proceeds from the silent auction will be used to provide educational support for some of these children. Stable affordable housing not only dramatically reduces the family’s financial stress, but allows the children to become more successful in school, have better health and ultimately become more productive members of our community. It’s a win-win for all of us.”

   Mark Hartley sums it up by saying “What could be better? A beautiful night, great food, a wonderful atmosphere and Kris Kristofferson performing to benefit a beautiful cause for our county.”

   For sponsorship information, contact Ellen Brokaw at 805-647- 2262. To donate an item for the silent auction, call House Farm Workers at 805-921-0430. Tickets are available by calling 805-648-2075 or online through the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau or Ticketmaster.


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