by Christopher J. Gendron
The non-profit Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund hosted its 9th Annual Benefit Concert for the Homeless at Harvard Square’s Sanders Theatre on Sept. 28, bringing supporters and recipients together.
“This year's concert features Freddy Cole, legendary jazz musician and brother of the late Nat King Cole, along with vocalist Kathy Kosins and legendary soul/jazz saxophonist Red Holloway,” said Joanne Stanway, spokesperson for CHAF.
Inside the Sanders Theatre, the mood was feisty and sonic - its yawning recesses providing much aurorean ambiance for both musician and jazz enthusiast alike; its halls gobbling up ample aura and approval greedily. Playing as if possessed, Cole and company put on a show for the ages. Pleading through every passionate note, Cole, Kosins and Holloway powerfully proclaimed that homelessness be stamped out here in Cambridge – and beyond.
Cambridge Trust CEO Joseph V. Roller II presents a big check to CHAF. Roller's leadership has been essential to the success of CHAF, said its volunteer director David Pap.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Freddy Cole and his friends perform at our benefit concert. Freddy was just inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame earlier this month, and he’s won countless awards and accolades for his unique voice and musical excellence,” said David Pap, volunteer director of CHAF, which used the concert as a focus for its fundraising efforts.
“The trio’s participation and support will help us reach our annual goal of $175,000 for 2007, which will in turn help an estimated 250 families. Right now, we’re about $25,000 shy of that goal. But if we just keep pulling together, we can end homelessness in Cambridge for good,” he said.