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Thursday, November 10, 2011

BETH-EL CENTER “Spirit of Love” Concert to Feature the Yale Whiffenppoofs

The sixth annual “Spirit of Love” concert to benefit The Beth-El Center will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 7:30 the Parsons Center, Milford, CT. The Beth-El Center is the recognized leader in caring for and meeting the needs of the hungry and homeless and strives to prevent and end homelessness.

Once again The Yale Whiffenpoofs will be celebrating the season with The Beth-El Center. Founded over 100 years ago, in 1909, they are the world's oldest and best known collegiate a cappella group and their performances receive accolades worldwide. Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs.

The Whiffenpoof Song has become famous and can be traced to a 1907 winter trip by the Yale Glee Club, when the group created a humorous adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling poem, "Gentleman Rankers." Mory’s Temple Bar in New Haven was host to their first concerts and back then Loius Linder, was the tavern’s barkeep and a music aficionado. The Whiffenpoof Song is sung at the end of every concert as a celebration of brotherhood and tradition. The song has been recorded by Rudy Vallée, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, and countless others.

To the tables down at Mory's, to the place where Louis dwells to the dear old Temple Bar we love so well sing the Whiffenpoofs assembled, with their glasses raised on high and the magic of their singing casts its spell

Charles Grodin, author, actor, and commentator will be the Master of Ceremonies. The Elm City Girls' Choir will also be performing at the event. Tickets to the concert are $25 for general admission, $15 for 17 years and under, and children under 6 are free. They are available online at and at Something of Bev’s, Canvas Patch, Milford Photo and at all of The Milford Bank locations. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for purchase of raffle tickets for themed gift baskets. Anyone interested in being a sponsor or ordering tickets should contact Maria Tomasetti at (203) 988-8598.


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