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Yorktown Senior Makes a Difference Through Music

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — For the fourth year in a row, youth from Yorktown will link their hobby of listening to music, with their interest in helping people for their fourth annual “Music Makes a Difference Concert.”

The concert is headed up by Yorktown High School senior and vice president of the Yorktown Leos Kristen Burke, who said she came up with the idea for the concert during her freshman year. She said the concert has grown so much that it’s to the point where she has to turn down interested musicians. Burke is helped out by fellow Yorktown classmate, junior Brittany Figueroa.

“I’m really into music, and while I was in the Leos I also really liked helping people,” Burke said. “So I thought this was going to be a really great way to combine the two—in a way we can help people and also get involved with the music and things.”

In prior years, the funds from the concert itself, as well as raffles and other fundraisers, were split between the American Cancer Society and Yorktown-based nonprofit, Support Connection. This year, all the funding will go to Support Connection.

Burke, who plans to graduate Yorktown in the spring and move onto SUNY Oswego, said the Leos usually start planning the event six months in advance. Then, it’s months full of picking venues, getting sponsors, donations for the raffles and her favorite part—finding the bands who want to perform. Burke said there’s a wide range of talent in this year’s concert, and a wide range of performers. She sought out bands from places like battle of the bands and has a group of musicians from Mahopac Middle School, to Yorktown students and acoustic singers.

Burke said between the Leos and other community sponsors, such as Don Tomasso’s, which is having a dinner fundraiser for the event where 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the cause, makes the event a huge success.

“It was my idea to start it back then, but since it’s grown and I’ve gotten so much support from all the other Leos and other people in the community,” she said. The Yorktown Leo Club is part of Lions International, a worldwide service organization.

Music Makes a Difference is slated to take place on March 30.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

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