Benefit concert planned for hurricane victims

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A New York City singer will perform a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims of Cape May County Dec. 11 at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center.

Organizers are hoping to raise $10,000 in the event that will feature Ron Gartner, who sings songs from the Rat Pack, Bobby Darin and others. He will present his Best from Vegas show "Scotch, Soul & Rock 'n' Roll!”

PAC director Kay Aspell announced the concert during a press conference Thursday afternoon, Nov. 8.

“Because of the hurricane and how it has affected some residents of Cape May County, we have been wondering here at the PAC what we could do to help,” Aspell said. “Lo and behold, an agent that I work with out of New York City called me and wondered how everything was down here. And he said that because of the business relationship that he has with the Performing Arts Center, that he would like to do something for the Cape May County residents.”

The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the PAC, at the 212 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House.

People going to the show are asked to give a donation of at least $10. Proceeds will go to American Red Cross, Cape May County chapter.

Gartner will present the show at no cost to the PAC. Such an event would usually come with a price tag of $8,500-$10,000, Aspell said.

She said she met Gartner at a conference in Pittsburgh four years ago. Gartner is an entertainer and an agent and has brought shows to the Middle PAC, including The Platters and The Drifters, according to Aspell.

Contributions are also being accepted to help Hurricane Sandy victims. Donations can be sent to: The Middle Township Performing Art Center, 212 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.

The PAC seats 1,000 people, and organizers are hoping for a full house.

Aspell said the show will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the PAC, which is Dec. 12.

To reserve a seat, call the box office at 463-1924.

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