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Milligan Christmas concert to benefit local charity

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (December 2, 2002) – Instead of Milligan’s annual Madrigal Dinners, the college will present “A Milligan College Christmas” this Sunday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. in Seeger Memorial Chapel. The concert is free but canned food donations will be collected to benefit Haven of Mercy, a Christian homeless shelter and daily feeding pr

ogram on West Millard Street in Johnson City. The Christian ministry, which serves an average of 250 meals daily, has recently reported a shortage of supplies leading into the holidays.

The community Christmas concert is directed by music professor John Wakefield and will feature the Milligan Brass Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir, Milligan Men, Milligan Singers, and the Elizabethton Bell Choir. Local storyteller Keith Young will also contribute a heartwarming story for all ages.

“The production will capture the spirit of Christmas through the performance of these ensembles and will provide the entire family a way to usher in the Christmas season,” said Wakefield.

The musical ensembles will also invite the audience to join in singing favorite traditional hymns of the season, followed by a special candle lightin
The concert is free, but a suggested donation of canned goods or toiletry items is requested for Haven of Mercy. Suggested items include canned goods such as green beans, corn, baked beans, peas, or soup, or toiletry items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste or laundry detergent.g ceremony to end the evening.

“There is a great need in our community,” said Jim Mangiacotti, director of operations at Haven of Mercy, which relies solely on donations of others to keep their doors open. “There are many disadvantaged people living in our area who do not even have the basic staples for daily living. We appreciate Milligan College for thinking of us and reaching out to our community through the preparation of this wonderful concert.”

The doors to Seeger Chapel will open at 7:30 p.m. for seating. For further information, please contact the Milligan Music Office at 423-461-8723.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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