Local Steinway Pianist to Perform Benefit Concert for Hope Loves Company

Steinway Pianist, Meral Guneyman, is performing a benefit concert, An Evening of Music, on March 30th at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Titusville, NJ for unique, local nonprofit, Hope Loves Company.

Julliard trained, Meral Güneyman, has performed at Carnegie Hall and at the American Music Festival -Washington D.C.’s National Gallery.  Her appearances have taken her to the Cervantes and Monterrey Festivals in Mexico; the International Istanbul Festival, to Bosnia, (Sarajevo Philharmonic), Belgium, Italy, England and Japan.

In her capacity as performer and educator, throughout her life, Meral has worked to raise money for many charity organizations and proudly adds Hope Loves Company to that list. Meral lives in New Jersey with her family. To find out more, visit her website http://www.meralguneyman.com/

Hope Loves Company, the only non-profit dedicated to providing both emotional and educational support to children and young adults who had or have a loved one battling with ALS, was founded in 2012 by President and Titusville, NJ resident, Jodi O’Donnell-Ames. The nonprofit was established to fill a big need in the ALS community- to support children who have parents and grandparents living with ALS. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects 30,000 Americans annually.  Patients typically live only two to five years after onset of symptoms.  The disease has no known cause or cure to date and 85% of patients have children. Hope Loves Company or HLC is the only nonprofit with this mission in the entire United States.

O’Donnell-Ames, who has three adult children, lost her husband Kevin O’Donnell to ALS in 2001.  He was only 35 years old.

An Evening of Music will feature the music of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans and George Gershwin. The concert takes place at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing, 268 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560. Thursday March, 30th

Doors open at 6:30pm concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets $35/$15 – student admission. For tickets, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-of-music-tickets-31601558111

All proceeds benefit Hope Loves Company. For questions, contact Nancy Yantas @ Nancy.Yantas@HopeLovesCompany.org  or (609) 610-1931

HLC was featured on the Today Show: http://www.today.com/parents/children-parents-als-get-support-counseling-camp-hope-loves-company-t95501

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