All-Star Line-Up Slated for Joe Hurley’s ‘A Dickens Christmas for The Rockaways’

"A blight had fallen on the trees and shrubs and the wind, at length beginning to break the unnatural stillness that had prevailed all day sighed heavily from time to time as though foretelling in grief the ravages of the coming storm" Chas. Dickens
A Dickens Christmas for The Rockaways, Dec 6 in NYC
A Dickens Christmas for The Rockaways, Dec 6 in NYC
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Nov. 30, 2012 - PRLog -- Honoring the spirit of Charles Dickens in this bicentenary year of his birth, and keeping with the spirit of the season he captured in "A Christmas Carol," an exceptional group of artists, writers, musicians, actors and other notables are pooling their talents to stage a very special fundraiser to benefit Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts in a truly devastated part of NYC. Called “A Dickens Christmas for The Rockaways” the gala event will be held Thurs. Dec. 6, 2012 starting at 7:00 PM at Theater 80 at 80 St. Marks Place in New York's East Village.

Organized by award-winning musician/actor Joe Hurley, the extraordinary evening will spotlight a lively mix of luminaries from the world of arts, letters, & music. Hosting with his dear friend, novelist Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, great-great-great granddaughter of Charles, who has flown thousands of miles to be here, to help out in the Dickensian spirit. Lucinda will strike a holiday tone with an inspiring talk of how Dickens came to write the classic "A Christmas Carol."

Waiting in the wings to delight the audience will be National Book Award winner Colum McCann, actress Cara Seymour, memiorist Alphie McCourt, actor Mike McGlone, writer Mary Norris, journalist Bob Hardt, composer/playwright Jill Santoriello, musician Chris Flynn, writer/performer James Braly, singer/actress Dana McCoy and musician/actor Joe Hurley. Hurley, who has strong ties to The Rockaways, and is grateful and deeply moved by all the support given by everyone.

All benefit proceeds raised through “A Dickens Christmas for The Rockaways” will be directed to The Graybeards, a Rockaways non-profit 501c3 formed in the aftermath of 9/11 by firemen, policemen, and residents of Rockaway  to help those in the community in their time of need. These men have all sustained their own personal losses due to Hurricane Sandy, yet they still find a way to train their focus on service to the community every single day.

A maximum of 180 tickets will be sold. Tickets for the very limited VIP stage seating are $200, house seats are $100.  

To purchase tickets, go to

Some pertinent links for more information:
Facebook Page:
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Our charity recipient, The Graybeards:
Joe Hurley’s Twitter:

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