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Oct. 5 concert benefits L'Arche Portland
Tamara Yates photo
The people of L'Arche share a meal.
Tamara Yates photo
The people of L'Arche share a meal.

L’Arche Portland hosts its third annual benefit concert, featuring Northwest artists Julianne Johnson and Michael Allen Harrison.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Madeleine Parish in Northeast Portland (3123 NE 24th Ave.). All proceeds support L’Arche Portland’s work of creating home and building community for people with and without intellectual disabilities.

“We are deeply honored and grateful to have the support of such extraordinary talent,” said Tamara Yates, director of development and Communications for L’Arche. “Ms. Johnson’s artistry embodies the love, acceptance, and interdependence that emerge when we celebrate the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities.”  

Johnson performs a range of musical genres, including jazz, R&B, Motown, Broadway, gospel and blues. Harrison plays jazz and classical piano.

L’Arche differs from conventional group homes in that caregivers live as family with adults with intellectual disabilities. The arrangement creates a culture of equality, founded on a belief in the unique value of every person and their need for one another.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. . The event includes a raffle for a seven-day stay at a condo in Las Vegas, with two roundtrip Southwest Airlines tickets to anywhere the company flies in the continental U.S.

The concert will also feature a special guest performance by PHAME Academy, Portland region's acclaimed fine and performing arts academy for young and older adults with developmental disabilities. Portland pianist Robert O’Hearne will open, and L’Arche’s new executive directory, Andrew Neothe, will introduce the organization and the musicians.

For more information, log on to www.larche-portland.org or call 503-251-6901.

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