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Charity With A Capitol C: Port Chester Theatre Sponsors Food, Coat Drives

Kristina Magana, left, and Madeline Sulla of the Food Bank For Westchester collected non-perishable goods on Wednesday night during a holiday concert at Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. The Cap plans more charity events next week.
Kristina Magana, left, and Madeline Sulla of the Food Bank For Westchester collected non-perishable goods on Wednesday night during a holiday concert at Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. The Cap plans more charity events next week. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Grateful Dead fans and volunteer ushers at The Capitol Theatre took their gratitude one step further on Wednesday night by donating non-perishable goods to the Food Bank For Westchester.

The Capitol Theatre's annual holiday food drive coincided with a concert by Connecticut-based Grateful Dead tribute band, Terrapin, which returned to Garcia’s bar next to The Capitol for its annual holiday jam.

The Cap plans three more concerts with holiday charity themes next week. (More details below.)

Keeping in the holiday spirit, and in partnership with the band, Garcia’s collected goods to be donated to the Food Bank.

The Food Bank for Westchester sponsors programs to reduced hunger in Westchester County, and gives families access to healthy meals.

The evening entertainment doubled as the holiday party ushers of The Capitol Theatre. Made up of volunteers spanning all over Westchester County, the ushers create the best possible experience for concert-goers at The Cap. The strong tie between the ushers dates back to the reopening of The Capitol Theatre in 2012, according to Marketing Director Stefanie May, with a few ushers even dating back to the late 1970s, during which performances of legends like Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead were plentiful.

Next week, The Cap has a toy drive planned for Port Chester's Carver Center during its Wednesday, Dec. 21 Deadgrass show: More details by clicking here.

The ever-popular theatre also sponsors a winter coat drive for Caritas during its Talay and Annie Minogue Band shows on Thursday, Dec. 22: More details by clicking here.

Finally, The Cap's holiday jamboree featuring Stella Blues Band on Friday, Dec. 23 will be an entirely charitable concert. The band wants to celebrate a great year, according to May, by giving something back to the community. They will be playing a special three-set show, opening with an acoustic set and including two electric sets. In keeping with the holiday spirit and in response to recent national events, the band will contribute all of its proceeds from the show to three charities: County Harvest, Riverkeepers and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

More details about that concert can be found by clicking here.

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