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Students to Participate in Sandy Hook Memorial Concert

Written by Nana OwusuAgyemang

            Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University students will take part in a memorial concert for one of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims on Feb. 2 from 6-9 p.m. at Naugatuck High School in Naugatuck, CT. Two of Eastern's acappella groups -- "Key of She" and "Fallin' Flat" -- will perform at the event, dubbed "Perform For Peace: A Concert to Benefit." The public is invited. Tickets will be sold at the door. Admission is $10; $5 if you bring a non-perishable food item. All food items will be donated to the local food bank.

The concert, which will focus on promoting peace and positivity, will benefit the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund. Hochsprung was the principal at Sandy Hook; she died while trying to protect her students. Hochsprung's family has established a scholarship fund in her honor to benefit students from her hometown high school who are planning to pursue a career in education.

Other groups and individuals performing include: The "AcaBellas" from Central University State University (CCSU); CCSU "Too Good For Instruments"; "University of Connecticut (UConn) Chordials"; "UConn Notes Over Storrs"; Hartford's "Love Note Sentiment"; Naugatuck Community Choir; Derek Waldron; Nathan Glenister; Everett Casini; and the Rubber City Blues Band.

For more information on the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund, visit For more information about "Perform For Peace: A Concert to Benefit," email Jessica Johnson at


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