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Hallelujah (Chicago Musicians Care) – A Gift to Sandy Hook
CHICAGO — A Chicago benefit concert to help first responders to last year’s Sandy Hook massacre was canceled due to low ticket sales, it was announced Wednesday.
The event, scheduled for Sunday at Untitled, 111 W. Kinzie St., was set to feature performances by local musicians and the Chicago Children’s Choir and a silent auction.
“It is with great sadness that we have to cancel the Chicago Musicians Care Performance & Benefit event … due to low ticket sales,” read a Facebook post from organizer Chicago Musicians Care, which was created in response to the shooting.
One of the goals of the music project, said founder Kevin Tenbrunsel in a YouTube video, was “to send a message to the people of Sandy Hook that this city has not forgotten, and still grieve the tragedy of that day.”
“These people were donating their time to help a cause,” said Josephine Lee, president of the Chicago Children’s Choir. “It’s disappointing, but I think everyone’s intentions were really good and so, what can you do?”
Donations can still be made by purchasing on iTunes a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” performed by the local musicians and the Chicago Children’s Choir for Sandy Hook.
Proceeds go to Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund, which helps teachers, first responders and other workers suffering mental health issues from the shooting.
The concert was scheduled just shy of the one-year anniversary on Dec. 14. Audio recordings of 911 calls from the shooting in in Newtown, Conn. were released to the public Wednesday.
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