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Concert Fundraiser for Helen Keller Services

On Sunday, Dec. 13, over 100 people attended a unique charity concert at Farmingdale State College.

Jaisook Jin and the students and faculty of the Manhasset School of Music presented a concert entitled An Evening of Sight Through Sound, an evening of opera and classical music that benefited Helen Keller Services for the Blind’s Nassau Senior Center, located in Hempstead.

What was unique about the event is that it all came about through an idea by Lauren Nathan, a 16-year-old Roslyn Heights resident.

Ms. Nathan came into contact with Helen Keller Services for the Blind’s Nassau Senior Center a few months back because of a school project centered on a single word - blindness. Ms. Nathan and her partner wrote and performed a play that she staged not only for her school but for parents as well. Part of the research for her project involved interviewing the blind and visually impaired seniors Helen Keller Services for the Blind serves at its center and she loved the interaction so much she gave them a mini-concert.

Lauren Nathan is a junior at Wheatley School in Old Westbury, who also happens to be an opera singer, training in the craft for over seven years. She came up with the idea of putting together a paying concert to raise funds for the center. She enlisted her singing teacher and other classical performers to donate their time for a 90-minute performance.

It all came together with various partners, sponsors and

donors and the concert was performed at Roosevelt Hall on Dec. 13.  Other sponsors included the Hotel Indigo East End and Thomas Jacoberger and Transitional Computing.

During her welcome speech, Ms. Nathan credited Helen Keller for being an inspiration to her and showing her “that nothing is impossible.”

Through her efforts and those of her mom, Liza Nathan, Lauren raised over $8,000 for the senior center.