Flame to perform awareness concert

GLOVERSVILLE — To celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, Flame, Lexington Center’s rock band, will perform a Rock for Abilities concert on March 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 at Lexington’s Gloversville facility, 127 E. State St.

Tickets cost $5 and are available at Lexington’s Johnstown, Gloversville and Oppenheim locations, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event. Audience members are encouraged to donate nonperishable foods in exchange for the chance to win a door prize.

The concert is part of the Lexington Gives Back initiative, and donated nonperishable food items will benefit area food pantries, according to a news release. Previous concerts have collected hundreds of pounds of nonperishable food items. Hundreds of Lexington employees, program participants and family members have helped make the projects a success. Lexington participates in fundraising and food collection throughout the year to benefit a variety of community agencies.

The proceeds from the concert will go to fund Flame’s new recording studio at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, a year-round arts center that provides classes, exhibitions, entertainment and special events to people of all ages and abilities. The arts center serves as Flame’s homebase. Money from the concert will go toward buying new instruments and equipment and recording new music at the studio.

To accompany the concert, Lexington is sponsoring a poster contest about attitudes toward people with disabilities. The contest is open to students at Fulton County elementary, middle and high school students. Winners will have their work displayed at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts’ Fulton Montgomery Counties Art Show, which runs from May 5 to June 5.

For more information about the concert or the poster contest, call Maria Nestle, Flame’s manager, at (518) 661-9932, Ext. 164, or visit nestlem@lexcenter.org.

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