Alley Kats sing for refuge

Last updated 10:01 18/12/2012
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COOL KATS: From left, Toni Westcott, Kaaryn Cater and Stephanie Gartrell.

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Kaaryn Cater, a well-known Titahi Bay resident and community supporter, is again staging a Women's Refuge Christmas fundraiser concert.

On December 21 and 22 the newly-formed act The Alley Kats will be joined by local musicians such as Leonardo Coghini and Wellington youth band The Sideburns, to perform a wide range of music including jazz, Christmas carols and light rock, at Mana Little Theatre in Plimmerton.

Cater met director and actress Maureen Aitken at Mana Little Theatre, and in 2001 they held their first fundraiser concert as a duet.

This year actresses and singers Toni Westcott and Stephanie Gartrell join Cater in the swing ensemble The Alley Kats.

The trio met when they performed together at the Gryphon theatre in the award-winning comedy Ladies for Hire.

The community event has raised money year after year to help women and children in abusive relationships.

"The Women's Refuge does a terrific job in supporting at- risk women and children, and this is an opportunity for the community to show our support," Cater said.

"All proceeds from the performances go directly to the Women's Refuge. We also ask audience members to place a small wrapped gift under the tree to give to the women."

Doors open at 7pm, shows start at 7.30pm. For booking information, phone 476 5878.

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