There are many ways to honor the 26 children and adults slain at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School in December -- and one way is through the performing arts.
Although there is no set ticket price, donations are requested for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial Scholarship Fund; the fund recently was established by the nonprofit Newtown Scholarship Association, which has distributed more than $3 million in need-based awards since its founding 75 years ago. The memorial fund is designed to eventually give financial assistance to college-bound high school graduates who attended Sandy Hook Elementary.
"It all seemed to make sense -- to remember those who died in this way and to help raise funds that will be used for higher education," said Aliberti, of Fairfield.
"As a father of two elementary school-aged children and the husband of a (Fairfield) elementary school teacher ... it just broke my heart" when he heard the tragic news of the assault on the school by a lone shooter. And "my reaction was: `What can I do?' "
When Tolson telephoned him with the same question, the decision was made to join forces and help raise funds for students.
Saturday's event will feature professional dancers from the Broadway Dance Center, as well as 60 to 100 students from SHU's instrumental, dance and choral arts programs.
Tolson, originally from Manchester, N.H., is a national spokesman for SoDanca, formerly a consultant and writer for Dance Spirit magazine and is the assistant choreographer, co-creator and producer of "Imagine Tap!" He teaches at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Peridance in New York.
Aliberti said that a program was still being put together at press time, but said it will be "quite special" and full of energy.
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The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. Donations requested. To reserve tickets or to make a donation, call 203-371-7999, visit www.sacredheart.edu/newtown.