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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’
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.