LAW, MUSIC, CHARITY, AND LOVE
TIME: 7:30 pm
to 10:30 pm
FAIRFIELD What is the connecting thread between a Connecticut law firm, the magic of music, a charitable organization, and the love of humanity? The answer to that question is: Victoria T, Ferrara. Ferrara, President of The Law Firm of Victoria Ferrara in Fairfield, CT is best known to music-lovers in Fairfield County as Lawyer by Day, Rocker by Night. She is the leader of an all-female alternative rock band called The Dini Band and over the past year they have been performing in dozens of local venues. Ferrara wants to use her music-making abilities to support her newly formed charitable organization called Aunt Terry, Inc. whose mission statement is, The mission of living is to love. This is the power of one.
On Saturday November 10 The Fairfield Theatre Company will be opening its doors and its stage for Ferrara and The Dini Band to present their first fundraising concert in support of Aunt Terry, Inc. Aunt Terry, Inc. is a not-for-profit charity organization that works to promote several areas of need focused on the well-being and support of children, young students, and the elderly. The support and programs are aimed at those in need due to financial hardship, poverty, illness, and hunger. The foundation operates mostly within the State of Connecticut. Aunt Terry, Inc. is active with providing tutors and homework assistance to inner city and /or poverty-stricken or emotionally needy elementary school children; providing mentors for children and the elderly to offer support, empathy, and guidance in various activities and in facing life's challenges; providing funds to other 501(c)(3) organizations engaged in assisting children in poverty-stricken areas in the world such as Horizons National, Save the Children, and SIHRY (Strategic Intervention for High Risk Youth); and providing assistants, case managers, social workers, and funding to assist the elderly in need of case management services to locate and secure proper housing, services, and care.
Who was Aunt Terry? According to the website, http://www.auntterry.com, Aunt Terry was one of the nicknames for Theresa Martinez who died on March 22, 2010. Aunt Terry (also affectionately known as Dini) was a committed teacher and skilled principal for nearly 30 years. She retired as principal from Pumpkin Delight School in Milford in 1999, and she enriched her students, the teachers she mentored, and her classrooms with innovative ways of teaching and learning, sometimes long before those methods became standard in teaching.
Two of the current board members and founding directors, Ferrara and Sacred Heart University Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Michelle Loris were inspired by and close friends with Martinez for many years. Family was paramount to Theresa. Somehow, despite her health issues, which continually caused her pain and fatigue, she made the time to maintain special relationships with everyone in her family circle. And, remarkably, her spirit and love brought the various branches of her family together, remarks Ferrara.
Ferrara is also the founder of The Dini Band (http://www.thediniband.com) and they currently are performing in and around Fairfield County. The band plays original songs, acoustic-rock, folk, blues and some alternative. Ferrara was in the band Troupe Di Coupe in the 80s playing in New York City and all over New England, notably at CBGBs, Max's Kansas City, the Knitting Factory, and Ron's Place. The band's musicians also include recording artist and Grammy nominee guitar player, Beth Bradley, and the amazing drummer-percussionist, Marion Najamy, also a recording artist. In addition to originals, the band does covers such as Pride and Joy by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Never Been to Spain by Three Dog Night (and Shelby Lynne), and It's Good to be Me (Uncle Kracker). The band presents a really upbeat good vibe and talented musicians. All songs on this EPK are original works by Vicki Ferrara.
The FTC concert on Saturday November 10 will be the first of many musical events Ferrara plans on presenting to create awareness of the work supported by Aunt Terry, Inc. Ferrara says, This is an opportunity for me to help those in need of our help and to support live music at the same time. All funds raised at the FTC concert will go to support the foundations programs. Businesses and individuals who would like to express their support are invited to purchase ad space in the commemorative program for the November 10 concert. For more information, contact Victoria Ferrara at 203-255-9877.
Tickets for The Dini Band concert at FTC on Saturday November 10 can be purchased on the FTC website at http://www.fairfieldtheatre.org or by calling the FTC box office at 203-259-1036.
Fairfield Theatre Company
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT 06824