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May 2010

Mario Frangoulis

"Mario & Friends" Concert
for Give US Your Poor

On Friday, April 30, in New York City, international tenor, Mario Frangoulis, gave of himself and his amazing talent to promote an end to homelessness.  The program featured Mario with special guests throughout the night, including George Perris, Mighty Sam McClain, and Martha Wainwright.  It was presented by The Greek Institute and Give US Your Poor.


"Mario & Friends" took place in the elegant Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center which features a dramatic towering glass wall behind the performers (Sting played there 2 nights earlier) overlooking Central Park.  Imagine listening to some of the greatest voices on the planet with the Big Apple lit up behind them.  The effect was magical.  Mario wow'd the full crowd with classical songs, Greek songs, show tunes, as well as his moving rendition of "Feels Like Home" from the Give US Your Poor CD.  He also performed with each guest artist and then left them to do a few songs on their own.  With Mighty Sam McClain , he sang "Amazing Grace" - a duet of two unique and phenomenal voices.  With Martha Wainwright, Mario performed "La Vie en Rose" by Edith Piaf. George Perris did multiple numbers with Mario--they have been touring the U.S. together--as well as solo performances in French and English, including the show stopping "Somewhere" from West Side Story.


But this show belonged to Mario. At the end of the evening, the audience responded with multiple standing ovations. 

Many thanks to Mario, Mighty Sam, George, Martha, sponsors, volunteers, partners, and the Greek Institute in working to make this concert happen and to help end homelessness.

For those in the Boston area you can catch Mario Frangoulis with George Perris tonight at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, presented by the Greek Institute (this is not a Give US Your Poor event). We highly recommend it!  <Click here for tickets.>

New Multimedia Website!


We are pleased to announce the release of our new website at .  The site dramatically updates our content, design, and functionality.  New features include increased multimedia with new video clips, audio, photo, as well as more about who we are: our values, our partners; our work, and the niche we have in ending homelessness.  There are also more ways to connect so please link to our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter (if you're the Twittering sort).  Also, consider sending us your digital image as part of our "With These Hands" campaign (currently in beta phase).  We welcome your feedback on how the site can improve!


Special thanks to Kingfish Media for design help, Pixel Bridge for building it, and UMass Boston  Web Services for getting up on the UMass Boston server.



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We try to keep these newsletters short, but we have much to share.  In upcoming issues we'll discuss Give US Your Poor's new classroom curriculum, college scholarship for homeless students, and our work in bringing systems thinking to policy makers at federal and local levels.