CSMA raises money with dinner and cabaret

Linda Petty

Cedar Springs Merchants Association presents the Holiday Dinner and Cabaret in Friday, Dec. 2 at The Rose Room. Money raised benefits Oak Lawn beautification projects funded by CSMA.

Victoria Weston will emcee the event. Sax player Rusty Johnson is the dinner entertainment and Linda Petty performs in the after dinner cabaret.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the cabaret beings at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $75, which includes a buffet dinner, wine and the show. Tables of 4 and 6 are available.

Contact Chris Bengston to purchase tickets at 214-528-3316.

The Cedar Springs merchants will also hold their next sidewalk sale on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to savings in the stores, they plan sale tents, food booths, an artist pavillion and activities along the street.

—  David Taffet

Haiti concert raises more than $17,000

Jonathan Palant

Jonathan Palant

The concert for Haiti organized by Turtle Creek Chorale director Jonathan Palant raised more than $17,000 that will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Donations can still be made on the Chorale Web site.

Palant said that there was never a goal.

“Every dollar collected was a dollar that wouldn’t have been sent to Haiti,” he said.

He said that this was the only cultural event in North Texas for the country that was devastated by the Jan. 12 earthquake and he was proud that it was organized by the LGBT community.

The six-hour marathon concert took place at Cathedral of Hope on Friday, Feb. 19. The church’s choir began the evening followed by ENCORE! Anton Shaw sang and then the First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park Men’s Chorus had the fast-growing crowd on its feet.

First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park Men's Chorus

First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park Men's Chorus

—  David Taffet