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The Concert for Nepal

  • Sat Aug 1 2015 - 8:00 pm • CSPS Hall
  • $25 advance | $30 door

Legion Arts has joined with local artists and the Purna Pam Tara Trust to raise awareness of and funding for the earthquakes that struck Nepal this past April.

The Concert for Nepal will feature singer-songwriter Pieta Brown; performance artist Jeffery Byrd; actor-singer Lincoln Ginsberg; composer Robert Lindsey-Nassif; musician Tony Nickle; poet Akwi Nji; artist Dilip Reshmi; and others.

A post-concert reception will feature Nepali food and drinks.

Proceeds will directly benefit orphans and families in remote villages of Nepal, which are still struggling after the devastating quake of April 25.

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake was a disaster of incredible proportions, affecting some 8 million people. An estimated 8,800 were killed, with another 23,000 injured. Subsequent aftershocks wounded even more. Relief agencies estimate that 2.8 million people were displaced. Now, the monsoon rains are coming and many people are afraid to return to their damaged homes.

The concert caps off a months-long fundraising effort led by Suresh Basnet, a Cedar Rapids financial advisor who grew up in Nepal. Basnet has deep ties both to Nepal and to the local arts community. He is married to artist Kathryn Hagy, and previously served as chair of Legion Arts’ board of directors.

He is also co-founder of the Purna Pam Tara Trust, formed 15 years ago to provide education and health care for the children of Simachaur, a village in central Nepal. Within weeks of the earthquake, the trust was providing aid to some 400 people in remote areas of Nepal. Funds raised through the concert will go toward rebuilding activities in those areas, with a focus on helping children.

“In Cedar Rapids, we understand what it’s like to go through a disaster,” says Basnet. “After the flood of 2008, we got help from other communities, from the state and the federal government. Unfortunately, none of that relief will be coming in Nepal. They simply don’t have the ability to help themselves in the wake of a disaster of this magnitude.”

“It’s heartening to see Iowans, and Iowa artists in particular, stepping up to provide assistance to communities on the other side of the world.”

The nonprofit Legion Arts is serving as fiscal sponsor for the concert and related campaign. Tax-deductible donations may be directed to Legion Arts with the notation “Rebuild Nepal.”

Please designate online donations with the notation “Rebuild Nepal” under “Name(s) to acknowledge.”

Ticket purchases are not tax-deductible.

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