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Concert to benefit Afghan refugees to be held locally

On Saturday, January 15th, Trinity Episcopal Church will be opening its doors for a benefit concert to aid Afghan refugees. John Austin is a member of the governing board for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan. He has been tasked with helping raise funds for a non-governmental organization called Episcopal Migration Ministries. It is one of six helping Immigration and Naturalization Services resettle Afghans brought to the United States last summer.

Austin says no refugees are scheduled to move into the area at this time.

We’re not in a position here in Houghton to be a place of resettlement. We’re not set up to resettle Afghan families here, but that doesn’t mean we can’t raise some awareness, raise some money and support the effort.

There will be no charge for the concert, and staff are taking COVID precautions, including requiring masks and distanced seating. There will be several performers covering a range of genres, anything from bluegrass to brass.

Austin counts Jared Anderson, MTU’s Choir Director as a friend. He is also excited to have Dean and Bette Premo involved.

Beethoven and Banjos…it’s fantastic and I recommend it to anybody when it comes around again. The Premo family are hall of famers in the music world, especially in the UP, and when Dean and Bette agreed to come and play this concert, and my son will tell you, he was in the truck with me, I almost drove off the road.

A free will offering will be collected during the performances.

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