Mayor’s Holiday Fest

Youth homelessness is a persistent problem in the City of Lowell. According to the 2016 Point in Time Count there were there were a total 359 unaccompanied youth ages 18-24 and 15 unaccompanied youth under 18 in the City. These Youth are experiencing homelessness for a variety of reasons including family conflict and abuse, sexual identity, pregnancy, addiction or mental health issues, contact with the juvenile justice system or aging out of foster care. Homelessness for these youth takes the form of couch surfing, sleeping in their cars or in places not fit for human habitation. While some youth will enter shelters, most view this as a last resource as these shelters can be extremely dangerous places where they are at risk for sexual or physical abuse by older residents. Homeless youth are among the most vulnerable people in our community and are at elevated risk of sexual and physical exploitation and sex trafficking among other threats.

2nd Annual Mayor’s Holiday Fest

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, Doors open at 6pm

Zorba’s Music Hall – 453 Market Street, Lowell MA  01852

Suggested donation of $20 per ticket

 

Youth homelessness is a persistent problem in the City of Lowell. Community Teamwork estimates that there are over 100 young people in Lowell each year who are experiencing homelessness for a variety of reasons as described above.

To help combat this issue and to provide support to these young people in our community, Mayor Bill Samaras is continuing and building upon last year’s very successful Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Homeless Youth  and  we hope that you will join with us to help make it a success!    

Last year’s Holiday Fest raised $11,000 that was donated to Community Teamwork for their efforts as the lead agency for the Merrimack Valley Youth Consortium that works to prevent youth homelessness. This program has been working with teens to help them reunite with their families, or find safe affordable housing on their own. In many cases it is simply a matter of helping a young person with a security deposit or to clear up past debts that can save them from spending years couch surfing, sleeping in their cars or in places not fit for human habitation.

Listen to WCAP’s Teddy Panos interview Attorney Richard Lalime (emcee of the event) and Jack McWilliams (Holiday Fest Committee Member) about the Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Homeless Youth ~ Rock n’ Roll Fundraiser 2017.

Watch the 2017 Highlight Video from the Fest on YouTube — Click Here!

Watch the 2017 Slideshow on YouTube – Click Here!

www.facebook.com/mayorsholidayfest

LINKS TO THE CONFIRMED 2018 BANDS – LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM

Marcia Macres and Chick Singer Night Vocalists

Jazz Punishers

Seitu – stand up bass and accoustic guitar

Party Band Lowell

Kevin Wall

Whisky Duo

Nico Rivers and the Black Grass

Funrazrs

Emily Desmond

Blindspot

Peter Lavender

Downbeat 5

Love Train – R&B-rock-soul band featuring John Wadkins, Lori Moscone Wadkins, John Styklunas, Steve Thorsen, and Dan Styklunas

Take Two –  Mike Gacek and Mike Poulin

Mickey Kanan of Blackheart 

John Powhida

 

REGISTER HERE FOR TICKETS/SPONSORSHIPS/DONATIONS

TICKETS/PERSON $20 (purchased prior to event)

Tickets purchased at the door will cost more.

SPONSORSHIPS $250, $500, $1000  – Description

SPONSORSHIPS OF $1000 OR MORE QUALIFY FOR THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT (CITC) AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A 50% CREDIT/REFUND. 

Sponsor Opportunities

Gold Sponsor                           $1,000  

  • Logo displayed on CTI Mayor’s Holiday Fest website and special inclusion in newspaper and radio coverage
  • Check presentation photo op: will also appear on commteam.org
  • Logo displayed at Event and on Event Program
  • Mention from podium and on all social media
  • Eligible for Community Tax Credit (CITC) – eligible for 50% credit/refund

Silver Sponsor                          $  500

  • Check presentation photo op: will also appear on commteam.org
  • Logo displayed at Event and on Event Program
  • Mention from podium and on all social media

Bronze Sponsor                       $  250

  • Logo displayed at Event and on Event Program
  • Mention from podium and on all social media

PARKING

 

SPONSORS

New England Medical Insurance

JONCAS ASSOCIATES

 

 

 

 

 

Lowell City Council

Lowell School Committee

 

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Chandler Travis for his inspiration. Chandler has been putting on his Christmas Cavalcade Benefits for the Homeless for over a decade. We highly recommend you grab another helping of holiday cheer at one of his upcoming Christmas Cavalcades. For more info, www.chandlertravis.com

 

Arthur Tingas and Kosta Cocalis – Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall – 437 Broadway Street, Lowell MA  01854 – http://zorbamusichall.com/

 

Holy Trinity Church – 62 Lewis Street, Lowell MA  01854 – http://holytrinitylowell.net/

 

Macheras Service Mart – 66 Broadway Street, Lowell MA  01854