After the sold-out Shed A Little Light concert June 14, Mimi Bornstein, founder and artistic director of the Midcoast Community Chorus, presented a $10,000 check to Pinny Beebe-Center, board member of the Knox County Homeless Coalition, this year’s concert beneficiary.

In what has become an annual tradition, MCC seeks to fulfill its mission to sing as a community for the community by hosting a benefit concert each June for a local nonprofit organization that addresses a community need or social injustice. Thus far, the chorus has donated a total of more than $60,000 and helped to raise awareness about the work being done in the Midcoast.

The Knox County Homeless Coalition is a recently formed group that arose to answer the need for shelter and support for the homeless population and those being impacted by the economic downturn. KCHC has re-opened the 15-bed Hospitality House as one of its resources; and offers direct service to individuals and families facing homelessness, from workshops to emergency shelter and a wide array of services.

“MCC’s willingness to help us at this formative time is so very much appreciated. It will be a huge part of helping us to keep moving forward. Thanks will never be enough, ” said KCHC’s Executive Director Stephanie Primm.

The concert was an experience those in attendance will not soon forget, she added. With more than 800 people in the audience, 130 singers on stage and special musical guests that included folk singer Jonathan Edwards, the evening was a first-hand experience of the power of community and music to create change, with a very tangible outcome for a worthy organization.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or