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Honoring the spirit of Charles Dickens in this bicentenary year of his birth, and keeping with the spirit of the season he captured in “A Christmas Carol,” an exceptional group of artists, writers, musicians, actors and other notables are pooling their talents to stage a very special fundraiser to benefit Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts in a truly devastated part of NYC. Called “A Dickens Christmas for The Rockaways” the gala event will be held Thurs. Dec. 6, 2012 starting at 7:00 PM at Theater 80 at 80 St. Marks Place in New York’s East Village.

Joe Hurley Photo Credit: Gina Herold

Joe Hurley Photo Credit: Gina Herold

Organized by award-winning musician/actor Joe Hurley, the extraordinary evening will spotlight a lively mix of luminaries from world of arts, letters, & music. Hosting with his dear friend, novelist Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, great-great-great granddaughter of Charles, who has flown thousands of miles to be here, to help out in the Dickensian spirit. Lucinda will strike a holiday tone with an inspiring talk of how Dickens came to write the classic “A Christmas Carol.”

Waiting in the wings to delight the audience will be National Book Award winner Colum McCann, actress Cara Seymour, memiorist Alphie McCourt, actor Mike McGlone, writer Mary Norris, journalist Bob Hardt, composer/playwright Jill Santoriello, musicians Kenny Margolis and Chris Flynn, writer/performer James Braly, singer/actress Dana McCoy and musician/actor Joe Hurley. Hurley, who has strong ties to The Rockaways, and is grateful and deeply moved by all the support given by everyone.

All benefit proceeds raised through “A Dickens Christmas for The Rockaways” will be directed to The Graybeards, a Rockaways non-profit 501c3 formed in the aftermath of 9/11 by firemen, policemen, and residents of Rockaway to help those in the community in their time of need. These men have all sustained their own personal losses due to Hurricane Sandy, yet they still find a way to train their focus on service to the community every single day.

We’ve received some great press for the event already, so you can learn more about it in a NY1 interview segment aired on Monday night, and in mentions on The New Yorker, Esquire, and Irish Central websites.

A maximum of 180 tickets will be sold. Tickets for the very limited VIP stage seating are $200, house seats are $100.

We’ve set aside a very limited number of tickets for half price. That’s $50 for an evening of music, literature, and the spirit of giving, all to benefit relief efforts in The Rockaways. All you have to do is visit our ticket purchase page, enter the word ‘dickens’ (without the quotes) in the promotional code field, and select the “Joe’s List” ticket option.



For more on the Dickens Christmas for The Rockaways please visit:
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Facebook Event Page
The New Yorker
Irish Central

For more on Joe Hurley please visit:
Live performance of ‘Rockaway’ (single to be released in December)