July 01--A performance benefit by a group of girls from the Academy of Theatre Arts in Williamsville brought in more than $4,000 for a young boy battling brain cancer.
The performance, dubbed "Backyard Broadway," was held Saturday in the backyard of a home on North Ellicott Creek Road in Amherst, drawing an audience of more than 150 people.
The funds raised will benefit 8-year-old Andrew Masse, who has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation since being diagnosed with brain cancer in December.
"He faces an entire year of treatments along with countless hospital stays and doctors appointments," said Patty Clune, the mother of one of the performing art students. "They wanted to help offset some of the mounting medical bills that this family is incurring."
The performance was months in the making. The girls -- ages 13 to 16 -- sold tickets, collected more than 70 items for raffles and auctions and then performed more than 25 songs from their favorite Broadway musicals during Saturday's event.
"They aren't looking for notoriety," Clune said. "They are just looking to help people out and inspire others to do the same."
The girls involved were: Emerson Adams, Grace Sebastian, Mikaela Mahaney, Elena Izguirdo, Michelle Tetro, Emma Clinton, Sara Helbringer, Kasie Buono, Kiana Kabeary, Camryn Clune, Caroline Sebastian, Marissa Nappo and Meira Farhi.
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