Music4Peace supports Safe Passage 5/6/06

Please come out to support this very worthy cause, which the Musicians' Alliance for Peace is co-sponsoring. MAP's own South Indian classical dancer Malini Srinivasan, who many of you have seen dance during the Music for Peace Festivals in 2005 and 2006, will be a part of this concert!

Patelworks Dance Theatre hosts benefit concert for Guatemala City's "Safe Passage" (Proyecto Camino Seguro)

Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 8:00 PM
Tabler Center for Arts, Culture and Humanities
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Tickets at the door: $20 adults, $10 student/senior/child
(All proceeds go to Safe Passage)

Patelworks Dance Theater is a Long Island based dance troupe launched by Artistic Director, Smruti Patel, in January 2006. A troupe of eight dancers from Long Island and New York City, Patelworks Dance Theater presents traditional Classical Indian dances as well as original choreography of Indian Folk dance, Post-Modern dance and a fusion of
the styles.

The company members are Monica Dogra, Tania Galarza, Sumoha Jani, Sejal Patel, Lesley Philip, Malini Srinivasan, Pavithra Vasudevan.

Currently in the process of incorporating as a nonprofit organization, Patelworks Dance Theater’s mission is twofold: 1) to raise money for charitable organizations, and 2) to take culture and art through dance  to underrepresented populations who would otherwise not be able to benefit
from such experiences. This debut benefit concert is a fundraiser for Safe Passage (Proyecto Camino Seguro) in Guatemala City.

Safe Passage was created by Hanley Denning, a school teacher from Maine who went to Guatemala in 1999 to study Spanish. While there, she saw the plight of families living their lives picking through the garbage of the Guatemala City garbage dump. She was moved to create a place of “safe
passage” where the children of these families could attend school and hope for a future beyond the city dump. Today, the program she developed provides children with the funds and support needed to attend school, a daily hot meal and a recreational center with a clinic and library.

For more information or to contribute without attending, please contact Smruti Patel at 631-427-4154 or

In addition to attending the concert, feel free to bring any of the following items for the children of Safe Passage. We’ll be sending a package of your donations.

  • Chewable vitamins for children
  • Backpacks (used and new)
  • Art supplies (paint, paintbrushes, tissue paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils)
  • School supplies (pens, paper, and notebooks)
  • Educational toys and games (in Spanish if available)
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Children's/young adult books in Spanish
  • Lice shampoo, towels, cough syrup, skin crème, scabies crème, first aid supplies
  • Carpentry tools
  • Outdoor play items (basketballs, rubber playground balls, soccer balls,jump ropes, etc.)

Directions to Tabler Center for Arts, Culture and Humanities, SUNY  Stony Brook:
By train:
Take the LIRR to Stony Brook (Port Jefferson Branch). Let me know if you are taking the train, I will arrange transport from the station to the show

By Car:
Long Island Expressway (I-495) to Exit 62, Nicolls Road north Continue past Route 347
Left onto South Drive into Stony Brook University’s South Entrance Right on Marburger Drive
First Left onto Tabler
Walk up the hill to the Right (follow the flute)
Tabler Center is on the Left

The Musicians' Alliance for Peace
The Music for Peace Project: A global concert series for peace March 31 – April 2, 2006
Locations: Worldwide
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