By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times
---- — A Gloucester church group organized an event that allowed cancer survivors to see the show “Cats” at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.
To Show We Care, a community outreach ministry of Gloucester Assembly of God, hosted the event where more than 130 survivors and guests attended the pre-show reception and performance of the musical, as well as a post-show photo opportunity reception with four of the “Cats” cast.
In attendance were a range of survivors, from young children in treatment to 25-year survivors. Survivors came from as far away as Quincy and Framingham and as close as Gloucester to attend the event.
“When Stephen Tyler came to me with his idea for this event, Bill Hanney and I said, ‘We love it. We’re in. We want to make the night a magical escape for your guests”, said Karen Nascembeni, the theater’s director of corporate and community relations.
Stephen Tyler, founder of the newly formed non-profit To Show We Care, said, “It could not have been a more perfect evening. It surpassed all of my expectations. We were able to help survivors escape their worries for a few hours, which was our goal.”
The group was also treated to a private concert by a dozen members of the nonprofit group, Voices of Hope, a group of volunteers who have dedicated their lives to raising money for cancer research in the area by raising their voices in song.
To Show We Care is a community outreach ministry of Gloucester Assembly of God that organizes events to provide emotional and spiritual relief to persons in the community. For information, visit www.ToShowWeCare.org or Facebook.com/ToShowWeCare.