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Fifth annual holiday concert to benefit abused children is Dec. 8

The Fifth annual Sounds of the Season holiday concert to benefit University Hospital's C.A.R.E. (Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation) Program will be held at the Syracuse Area Landmark Theatre Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

Among those scheduled to perform are the Stan Colella All-Star Band, Melissa Hart, Morgan Road Elementary School Choir, Dan Elliot, the Westhill Singers, Tommy Bridges Jazz Quartet and the Tully High School Choir. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, and may be purchased at Peter's Groceries, the Carousel Center information booth, Adirondack Furniture, Marguerite's in Armory Square, the Landmark Theatre box office and Ticketmaster outlets. Ticketmaster charges by phone at 472-0700. Group Rates (5 tickets or more) are available through the Landmark Theatre Box Office. All proceeds benefit the C.A.R.E. Program and the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site.

"Sounds of the Season" is presented by 570WSYR Radio and supported by the City of Syracuse, Peter's Groceries, UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers International Union), Coca-Cola and Complexions.

The first program of its kind in central New York, the C.A.R.E. Program provides comprehensive care for children who may have been victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect.

"Statistics show that almost one million children are victims of substantiated abuse or neglect annually in the United States and there are more than one-thousand deaths," said Ann Botash, M.D., director of the C.A.R.E. Program. "Proceeds from the event will enable us to expand our services help raise awareness of the issue of child abuse."