Monday, November 12, 2007

OHEL Benefit concert will proceed as scheduled.

Due to a Nov. 12 fundraiser at the Marquis Theatre — home of The Drowsy Chaperone — members of Local One, the stagehands union, will not picket that theatre, which has been dark since the strike began Nov. 10.

On the official Local One website, union president James J. Claffey, Jr., writes, "Local One has just been made aware that a fund raiser for mentally challenged children was scheduled for tomorrow, November 12, 2007 in the Marriott Marquis Theatre . . . Please be advised that I am removing the picket line at the Marriott Marquis Theatre so that this worthy event can carry on for the benefit of these children. After the load-out of the event, the picket line will resume along with all others.

"In addition, Local One refuses to work under the expired collective bargaining agreement that we are exercising our legal rights against. We will work the event free of charge for the benefit of this Organization."

Ohel Children's Home and Family Services and The Americare Companies will present The Third Annual Benefit Concert: A Cause For Celebration! at the Marquis Nov. 12. The evening, which begins at 7:30 PM, will feature Yaakov Shwekey, Shalsheles Junior, Shlomo Simcha, Shloime Dachs and Chazzan Yechezkel Klang, who will be accompanied by Cantor Daniel Gildar. Nachum Segal will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Tickets are available by calling (866) OHEL-TIX or by visiting

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