ROCKLAND — A free concert to benefit UNICEF’s Ukrainian relief efforts will take place in person Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 354 Main St. Hosted by State Representative Vicki Doudera and the Strand, “Ukuleles for Ukraine” will feature several local ukulele groups and performers, as well as the musical talents of David Dodson and Alice Limoges, and will be livestreamed. Donations for UNICEF will be taken at the door and in advance on this special UNICEF page.

“Shortly after the Russian invasion began, I knew I wanted to organize something to help with humanitarian aid for Ukraine,” Rep. Doudera said. “Two things popped into my head: UNICEF and ukuleles, so I called Joe Ryan of UkesRock! and the event started growing from there.”

A ukulele player herself, Rep. Doudera believes that the little instrument is perfectly suited as a vehicle for extending friendship and peace around the globe. “It’s basically happy music. If we can send vibes of peace and joy — and a sizable donation — overseas, we can make a difference in helping the Ukraine people who are bravely struggling against aggression.” The fundraising goal for the event is an ambitious $10,000, but Rep. Doudera said she will be reaching out all month for community support.

The two-hour concert features Rockland-based UkesRock! and Belfast’s Midcoast Ukes, who will each play an entertaining set. For those who might wonder if there can be too much of a good thing, non-ukulele talent will be on tap as well. Local headliner and guitarist David Dodson will perform his unique, American-inspired songs, including a number with sister Anne Dodson singing harmony, and friends Dillon Bustin and Doug Day singing and playing banjo and guitar. Rockport native Alice Limoges, whose latest feature length release “It Stole Myself From Me” has gained high praise, will share her original blend of jazz-infused folk rock. Caeley McVearry and Bella Barnes, both students of Limoges, will also perform, as well as several Camden-Rockport Elementary students under the direction of Annie Brady.

“I’m very grateful to the Strand for co-sponsoring in their beautiful venue, and thankful for all of these performers for giving so much time,” said Rep. Doudera. “I’m looking forward to seeing lots of community members in attendance, enjoying a fun concert, and raising some great funds for UNICEF.”

Those who cannot come in person can still be part of the effort by contributing to the UNICEF page for the event and watching a livestream of the concert on the Strand’s website.

For more information, call (207) 594-0070 or visit