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November 18, 2012

Norman Philharmonic looks to give back

NORMAN — The Norman Philharmonic is providing food for both the soul and stomachs during its 3 p.m. Nov. 25 holiday concert.

Titled “A Simple Gift,” the concert is benefiting Food And Shelter, Inc. with the ultimate goal of raising sufficient funds to provide nearly 500 nights of shelter for those in need. Norman Phil Music and Artistic Director Richard Zielinski said the concert is a way to both celebrate and support the Norman community.

“I wanted to team up with someone in the community and I thought, ‘Thanksgiving — great time to be thankful for what we have but also give what we have,’” he said.

Though ticket sales will go towards the fundraiser, both money and food donations will also be accepted at the concert, held at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, 419 S. University Blvd. Tickets, $10, can be purchased by calling 405-321-3484 or at McFarlin 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon Friday or 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on a first come, first served basis.

Food And Shelter Executive Director April Doshier said the Phil’s goal of raising $10,000 specifically for shelter will allow them to provide emergency shelter more liberally, while still maintaining funds for other needs.

And with Food And Shelter’s kitchen serving more than ever before — an average of 180-200 people a day — Doshier said every last donation, whether food or finances, is felt in a large way.

“Dr. Z has titled this concert, ‘A Simple Gift’ and I really believe that just a little bit of time, if everyone could give it, a little bit of resources, if everyone came together, could make a huge difference in the lives of the people in our community who are struggling everyday,” she said. “A simple gift can make a huge difference.”

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