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Venezuelan Benefit Hosted by Hobart and William Smith

March 1, 2000 GENEVA, NY – Venezuelan singer Irene Ferrara will perform a concert to benefit Venezuelan Flood Relief on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Ferrara will present “A Voice like Fine Chocolate” at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, in the Café in the Scandling Center. Admission to the concert is fee, but donations for Venezuela's flood victims are welcome.

Ferrara is known for her unique, percussive style of singing and guitar playing. It is said that her infectious rhythms and deep, rich voice first capture one's attention, and that the poetry of Irene's music demands that the audience linger. The band features Afro-Latin percussion, steel drums, cuatro, accordion, and violin. She will perform songs from Central and South America, and original compositions in English and Spanish. Ferrara's most recent release is called “Soy de Ti.”

Recent reports on Venezuela state that non-stop raining has caused the country to declare a state of emergency. More than 20,000 people are missing and several thousands have already been found dead. The main airport is closed. Several towns have disappeared. The airports and stadiums are being used as emergency housing for many thousands of people who have lost their homes.

The American Red Cross is leading in the aid to Venezuela, which is in need of medicines, baby formula, surgical equipment, food, blankets, clothing, toilet paper, water, candles, and soap. Monetary contributions can be sent to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, Attn.: Venezuelan Relief, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

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