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International Folk Artist Rik Palieri to Perform at Benefit Concert

March 4, 2008

For More Information:
Kianta Key
Public Relations Coordinator
(678) 361-2770

TALLAHASSEE – Three nonprofit organizations are collaborating on a benefit concert titled “Circle of Life” that will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at the Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The concert, which will feature international folk singer Rik “Totem Pole” Palieri, will benefit the Brehon Institute for Family Services, Inc., Catholic Charities and the Tallahassee Senior Center. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. The public is invited.

“Together, our three organizations serve people throughout life – from birth through the senior years. That’s how we came up with the title ‘Circle of Life,’” said Debra Herman, regional director of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida. “We all care so much about our clients, and this collaboration helps make our community stronger.”

Palieri sings and performs both original and traditional songs on a variety of folk instruments, including the banjo, 6- and 12-string guitars, mouth bow, Native American flute and a collection of rare Polish bagpipes. He has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, U. Utah Phillips and many others at concerts across the United States and in Australia, Germany, Poland, Scotland, France and Spain.

“When we found out that Rik was going to be in Tallahassee, we jumped at the opportunity to make him a part of our fundraising efforts,” said Jackie Malone, executive director of the Brehon Institute. “The citizens of Tallahassee may not yet have heard of Rik Palieri, but once they hear him perform, they won’t ever forget him.”

“Rik’s music appeals to the young and the young-at-heart,” said Sheila Salyer, manager and executive director of the Tallahassee Senior Center. “We are excited to host someone of his caliber for the benefit of people of all ages."”

The Brehon Institute, a 501 (c)(3) corporation that is dedicated to improving the lives of children throughout the Florida Panhandle, will collect diapers, maternity and infant clothing and toiletries at the event for families in the local area. Catholic Charities encourages professional social work practice “to bring a sense of solidarity” among those in charitable ministries, and to be the “attorney for the poor.”

The Tallahassee Senior Center programs enhance the independence and quality of life for seniors and their caregivers through educational, social, recreational and wellness opportunities.

Tickets for the “Circle of Life” benefit concert are available for $10 in advance by calling the Tallahassee Senior Center, 891-4000; the Brehon Institute, 656-7110; or Catholic Charities, 222-2180. Some tickets will be available at the door for $12.

During his three-day visit in Tallahassee, Palieri will also be performing at local schools and other venues. For a complete listing of his performance schedule, go to or contact Kianta Key at

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