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Operation Holiday Helping Hands Christmas Concert to be held for SPC. Brendan Marrocco

Holiday gifts and decorations are not just candy canes and ornaments, they can be houses too! On December 18th from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Rolling Thunder® NY2 and the Stephen Siller Children's Foundation and will be hosting a Christmas Concert featuring musical artists from C*A*M*M*O, a non-profit veteran organization, to spread Christmas cheer and raise funds to build a home for this soldier in one of NY's most historical and spiritual locations, the Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, located at 262 Mulberry St. in Little Italy.

This event is expected to raise awareness and support for the construction of an accessible new home for this hero. SPC. Brendan Marrocco suffered severe injuries from a roadside bomb in 2009 while serving in Iraq, leaving him the first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs. Work has begun on building the home and it is their goal that it be ready by Easter of 2011, (the anniversary of his injury), when he returns home after going through hospitalization and rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, DC. Tickets are $10.00 at the door and all proceeds will go towards the construction of this home, where dozens of professionals and contractors are ready to donate their time to make this dream come true for him.

The music will be provided by a veteran military organization, C*A*M*M*O, Center for American Military Music Opportunities, that was created by veterans for veterans to help them heal and connect with the world through their music. Based in Virginia, this group helps veterans and active members see their music as therapy and future careers.

“To be able to host this event at the cathedral is such an honor, especially since it was recently named a basilica by the Pope Benedict XVI” say John Ponte, event coordinator for the event. “The entire night will be inspirational.”

Rolling Thunder®NY2 is a Staten Island based organization that works to raise awareness and assist in the needs our military. They are currently hosting a toy drive to help with gifts to the children of our military. Details are available on their website,

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