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'Broadway' production gives back to charity

Feb. 5—PORTSMOUTH — Local artists united on Jan. 20 to present "A Night of Broadway — The Finale" at the Vern Riffe Center for The Arts.

The performance was hosted by the Portsmouth West High School Vocal Music Department and joined by SOMC General and Breast Surgeon Dr. Vincent Scarpinato, Dr. Jessica Powell of SOMC Portsmouth Family Health Center, and many other artists, who put on a show for an audience of at least 500.

The event raised $2,000 for the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, a fund dedicated to assisting those battling breast cancer. Donations will help these patients by providing transportation to and from treatment, purchasing scarves, wigs and any other items needed.

"Many of my students have watched loved ones struggle with the horrors of having cancer. There is more than pushing through the process. There's the fact that many of our families can barely provide from day to day.Adding the extra expenses of cancer treatment can create impossible home-life situations," Linda Tieman, Portsmouth West High School vocal music director, said. "We were onboard with Dr. Scarpinato and SOMC from the moment we first learning about the Compassion Fund. The West Choir has created ways to support the fund through our winter shows and revues. Our students are all-in for the Fund. We could only wish we could do more."

Scarpinato said those at SOMC are grateful for the support.

"It was such an honor to be a small part of this special evening," Scarpinato said. "To see the support of our community for our patients is just incredible. We are grateful to the talented students of Portsmouth West High School, their staff, all the other artists who performed, and the community who joined in this effort. Your generosity towards our patients is truly appreciated."