Broad Bay Congregational UCC, 941 Main St./Route 220, is sponsoring a concert Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. titled Songs for the Silenced: Using Voice to End Violence, to benefit New Hope for Women as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The concert will feature Maine-ly Harmony, an organization of women of all ages who enjoy blending their voices in a cappella barbershop harmony style of singing. Maine-ly Harmony performs in communities throughout the state. It recently opened the legislative session at the State House in Augusta with the national anthem; and has helped numerous organizations to fundraise for various causes including the Maine Autism Society, Lisbon Area Christian Outreach's food pantry and Gardiner's Relay for Life Cancer Walk.

Maine-ly Harmony also has contributed to special events such as the Senior Spectrum's Lifestyle Expo at the Augusta Civic Center; and the Togus Veterans Administration's 9/11 commemorative services. The group has performed at venues such as the Waterville Opera House, the Sawyer Foundation in Greene and the University of Maine at Augusta’s Jewett Hall.

The concert program will include songs that span the decades of the last century, in a cappella barbershop style. The diverse selection of songs of hope and inspiration includes “Rise Again,” American standards such as “After You've Gone” and 1960s’ classics, such as the “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy).”

New Hope for Women offers support to women, men and children in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties affected by domestic violence, dating violence and stalking; and provides educational resources to assist those communities in creating a safer and healthier future. New Hope for Women works to staff a 24-hour hotline, maintain the safe home network, offer transitional housing services, conduct support groups and provide legal services and advocacy to those being abused. In addition, it brings awareness and change to schools and communities through educational presentations and prevention programs.

New Hope for Women operates in Maine communities with a combined population of more than 150,000 — more than 10 percent of the entire state. The organization empowers individuals by providing them with information, resources and a safe place to access their own wisdom — a place where a victim can feel it is possible to obtain freedom from abuse.

“We hope that many in our community will gather to hear the many voices of Maine-ly Harmony and continue the work that all may live in homes that are free from violence,” said the Rev. Nancy Duncan. “Broad Bay Church is honored to continue our long support of New Hope for Women with this concert.”

Broad Bay Church concerts are free, so that all may attend. All donations received at this concert will be given to New for Women to continue their work. Broad Bay is open and affirming, and all are invited to attend as they are. For more information, call 832-6898, email waldoucc@midcoast.com or visit broadbaychurch.org.

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