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The spirit of singer-songwriter Harry Chapin was alive and well at the Historic Armory last Friday, when Zack Seemiller took the stage to perform a tribute to one of his musical heroes. The audience was encouraged to bring canned goods, to help support the local food banks, and the response was overwhelming. Almost two hundred people attended “Harry Chapin’s Last Concert,” which also raised $1000 to fight hunger in the Lower Keys.
“We wanted to do a benefit just before Thanksgiving, something to help our local community” said Eric Holowacz, director of The Studios of Key West, “and so we donated our proceeds, the audience gave food and money, and two local hunger relief organizations received an unexpected bounty.”
Fishes & Loaves, a program of the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, and Star of the Sea Outreach Mission, each received $500 and several hundred pounds of canned goods and ready-to-cook food. The idea was inspired by the life and advocacy of Harry Chapin, who died in an automobile accident in 1981, and left behind a body of music that has become part of
the AMerican cultural fabric.”Zack paid tribute to one of his idols, and the evening was a tribute in every way,” said Holowacz. “Somewhere up there, Harry Chapin looked down on this small island, saw people helping people, and hopefully realized that his life and music have given us all something to be thankful for.”