Everyone is invited to attend the 13th annual Christmas Benefit Concert to be held Sunday, December 12 starting at 7 p.m. in the Logan Tabernacle. Once again there is no charge but admission, instead, is a contribution of food or money to the Cache Community Food Pantry.The concert will feature the popular Westminster Bell Choir and there will be special organ numbers by such talented musicians as Harry Heap and Jonathan Rose.The Pantry’s Executive Director, Matt Whittaker, says with the economy extremely tight there is more need this year but he believes the public will come through and that every family in need will receive a Christmas dinner.”I need to collect all those traditional Christmas dinner items,” Whittaker explains, “like hams, turkeys, anything you can associate with Christmas dinner. “We started already to collect those items. Just before Christmas we’ll put those out so family’s can come in, take those items home and have that nice Christmas dinner with their family.”Concert Organizer Gary Griffin says the benefit has been bringing churches and people together for more than a dozen years.John Ribera, one of the conductors of the concert, says people from many local churches come together for this special Christmas concert. In fact, he says, for the participants it has become a real, “family feeling.””Music is…a bridge of understanding between people,” Ribera says. “We have this wonderful group of people who come. They dedicate their time. “They spend two months rehearsing, and I think they have a pretty good experience. They seem to laugh and smile a lot.”Ribera is also producing Handel’s Messiah for the last time on Saturday, December 11, also in the Logan Tabernacle. The Utah Festival Opera Company is also sponsoring a movie in support of the food pantry on Saturday. The movie “A Christmas Story” will be shown at 1, 3, 5, and 7 p.m. at the Dansante building, 18 W. Center, Logan.
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