Rhapsody Players to host fundraiser for St. Patrick Catholic Academy

Dance and sing the night away in the name of charity.

The Rhapsody Players are hosting their fourth annual fundraiser for St. Patrick Catholic Academy.

The seven person nonprofit 501-C3 musical group will perform the greats songs from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s in cabaret style, with all proceeds benefiting the academy.

“This is one of our major fall fundraisers”, said Rhapsody Players founder and founding member of the Board of Directors for the academy John Heffernan. “In the past, the proceeds have gone towards Smart Boards for every classrooms, upgrades in technology and iPads for students”

According to Heffernan, the group has a huge following and performs throughout the city. It’s also performed at local parishes such as Our Lady of Angels/Holy Angels Academy and is slated to perform at St Mark’s in Sheepshead Bay on Saturday, November 19.

However, performing at St. Pat’s is special to the group, which includes three alums, including Heffernan, Kiernan Hamilton and Donna Heffernan.

Our home is Saint Patrick’s. It’s where we are based, through the courtesy of Monsignor Michael Hardiman,” Heffernan said. “It’s a homecoming for us and it’s a school that gave us the foundation that we live by today.”

Along with John and Donna Heffernan andHamilton, the group features Anthony Marino, Colleen Martin-O’Donnell, Bernard Smith and Kevin Sweeney.

The show will take place on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick Catholic Academy Auditorium, 401 97th street.

Admission is $25. It includes pizza, coffee, dessert. Wine and beer will also be served.

“We usually have a couple of hundred people show up,” he said. “We are expecting a large turnout.”

TO RSVP, contact Heffernan at 646-335-2710 or broadwayjack@earthlink.net.

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