A Cappella Invitational Raises Money for River Haven Youth Shelter


photo by: Stephanie Jones

Marist College’s own a cappella groups, Time Check and The Lovely Sirens, hosted their annual a cappella invitational on Saturday, March 5th. The invitational included performances from the a cappella groups of five visiting schools: Temple Universtiy’s Broad Street Line, University of Albany’s Earth Tones, Bard College’s The Orcapelicans, Hofstra University’s Makin’ Treble and Syracuse University’s The Orange Appeal. There was a bake sale, raffles, CD sales by the Marist groups and a suggested donation. The best part: all of the proceeds went to the River Haven Youth Shelter.

River Haven Youth Shelter is located here in Poughkeepsie and used as a safe haven for youths in need. The shelter takes in kids from 10-17 and gives them food and shelter free of charge. This past year, the shelter was forced to relocate due to a devastating fire. After they rebuilt and moved back in, they lost their federal grant causing the shelter to be low on funds. Through tutor programs, counseling and case management services, River Haven helps the better the lives of many.

Each group performed three songs. Performances included a cappella songs of: Stressed Out (Twenty One Pilots) covered by Broad Street Line, It Wasn’t Me (Shaggy) covered by Earth Tones, Chandelier (Sia) covered by The Orcapelicans, Hound Dog (Elvis) covered by Makin’ Treble and You Are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker) covered by The Orange Appeal. Sirens performed Hide and Seek () and Time Check performed Raging Fire (Phillip Phillips) with Zach Russo as a soloist and Give Me Love (Ed Sheeran) with Matthew Batory as a soloist. Time Check and Sirens came together for the last performance of Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2.

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All photos courtesy of Stephanie Jones.

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