Thursday, January 7, 2016

Valley Charity to Host Benefit Concert Sat. Jan. 9

DERBY- A Valley charity that grants wishes to parents with life-threatening illnesses who want to create a lasting memory with their children will host a concert this weekend to help raise money for deserving families.

Treasured Time, Inc., of Seymour, is hosting “A Night to Remember” a charity concert at 6 p.m. Saturday (JANUARY 9) at Derby High School, 8 Nutmeg Ave.

“A Night to Remember” will feature four musical performances by popular area performers. Paula Bogart-Pettinella will take the stage at 6 p.m., performing such classics by Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline and other popular singers and songs of the late 50’s and 60’s.

Modern-day crooner Mark Lanzieri will be featured at 7:15 p.m., performing songs out of the American Songbook and Golden Era including Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Flying Meat will take the stage at 8:30 p.m., performing their original rock music, specifically tailored and written for the City of Derby. The Gamma Rays will close out the night at 9:45 p.m., entertaining the crowd with hits of the 80s and 90s.

Admission is $10 per adult. Children 16 and under are free. Additional donations are welcome throughout the night. There will be snacks and drinks available for purchase. Attendees can also take their chances in a 50/50 raffle. This event is being organized by Mark Searles and Flying Meat, with all proceeds being donated to Treasured Time.

According to a press release, Treasured Time is currently raising money for eight local families. The organization’s most recent wish is being granted to Derby resident Jodi Chevarella, 44, who was diagnosed in 2010 with Stage 2 Invasive Breast Cancer. Chevarella underwent chemotherapy, radiation and 11 surgeries in a year to remove the cancer and perform reconstruction surgeries. The cancer, however, resurfaced and Chevarella has since been diagnosed with Stage IV, Her2 Metastic Breast Cancer. This past year she received radiation again and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and hormone treatment.

Chevarella is continuing to fight and keep positive during this difficult and uncertain time. She wants nothing more than to be able to create a lasting memory with her family by going on a cruise with her husband Dave and their four children: Anna, 16, David, 14, Isabelle, 12 and Genna, 10.

The family has never been on a cruise, and is something Chevarella wants to be able to do with her husband and children. Treasured Time will be granting Chevarella’s wish this summer.

Last April, thanks to fundraising efforts by Seymour Middle School’s Student Council, which donated proceeds from a  “Frozen” themed breakfast, Treasured Time was able to grant a trip of a lifetime to Disney World to another local family, dealing with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

For more information about Saturday’s concert, Jenn at 203-446-1068 or

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