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NMJC Singers to Perform at Humane Society Benefit

10/20/2009 3:03:21 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. For the third year in a row, the New Mexico Junior College Singing Class and Ultra-Tsonics Singers have been invited to entertain at the Lea County Humane Society’s “Paws & Claws Gala.” The annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, October 24, at the Lea County Event Center Banquet Hall from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Featured music selections for the colorful fundraiser include a special Broadway medley, with songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and others, as well as the Carpenters’ hit single “Bless the Beasts and the Children.”

The 12-member vocal ensemble of student and community singers, along with 14-year-old guest performer Megan Anderson of Hobbs, are directed and accompanied by NMJC vocal professor Anne Turner Tsonis.  Anderson, who recently sang the lead role of “Annie” at the Hobbs Community Playhouse, will perform two Disney animal songs accompanied by Tsonis.  The singers include Brandi Campbell, Heather Bunnell, Chris Cauthen, Hannah Hicks, Mark Jiminez, Ross Strickland, Kandice Smith, and Jeff Richeson, all from Hobbs.  Lovington singers are John and Emily McCullough and Randy Duncan.  Anna Neufeld from Seminole rounds out the group.

According to Tsonis, her interest in helping the Humane Society is more than mere performance.  Assisted by her daughter Heather Bunnell, she has rescued and found homes for many cats over the years in California, Oregon, and Hobbs. The fundraisers at which she and her students perform at not only support humane and ethical treatment of animals in the county, but also provide care, food, and medical needs for the adoptable dogs and cats at the Lea County Humane Society.

The Ultra-Tsonics Singers have performed for Southwest Symphony and Lea County Commission for the Arts fundraisers, the NMJC and Community Band, USW, the NMJC Constitution Day, and Hobbs First Presbyterian Church.

Tickets for the “Paws & Claws Gala” are $25 per person and can be purchased at the door. For more information, please contact Pete Mladinic, president of the Lea County Humane Society, at 492-2831.

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