St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church
Father Peter Mushi
120 East 106th St.
New York, NY 10029
Direct line: 212.534.1350
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New York, NY - On Saturday May 11th, 2013, St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church will be hosting their annual Street Fair on 106th st., between Lexington & Park Avenue, in East Harlem, NY from 10am - 5pm. This years featured performance artist will be the internationally known King of Latin Soul music Joe Bataan, who grew up in Spanish Harlem and attended St. Cecilia’s Church as a youth. St. Cecilia’s Church & Joe Bataan are joining forces in order to raise funds to help restore St. Cecilia’s weather damaged roof. St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church is a historic landmark in New York City, now reaching its 125th anniversary. Everyone in East Harlem and beyond is invited to help continue St. Cecilia’s second century of service in “El Barrio.” There is an online Indiegogo campaign entitled, “Rebuiling St. Cecilia: Our Church, Our Home Capital Campaign,” which has an active goal of raising $50,000 by June 29th, 2013.
Various types of vendors include diverse cultural food booths, concession stands, arts & handicrafts, and areas for raffled prizes. Additional performers include poetry by Carlos IRO Burgos & Taina the Poet;; a special BBOY competition by BBOY Ultimatum; Frank Ocasio & The Brother Band playing Latin Funk; live salsa & bachata dancers from Lorenz Dance Studio; remarks by Felipe Luciano;; and the master of ceremonies will be public figure Crystal Sutton.
This will be the third year of active fundraising for the St. Cecilia roof project, which is estimated to cost at least $1.5 million. The New York State awarded a sizable preservation grant, plus a special ‘sacred sites’ grant, and the New York Landmarks Conservancy granted additional pledges. The Archdiocese of New York has been invaluable in providing both guidance and funding for this restoration. Father Peter says, “because the Church of St. Cecilia has earned landmark status, by law, all restoration must be historically appropriate, which in our case means installing a new lead-coated copper standing-seam roof and related masonry, just like the original. Yes, in the short term this represents a very expensive undertaking, but the new original roof will be expected to last through the remainder of this century.”
St. Cecilia actively serves over 500 neighborhood households, plus it hosts two adjacent schools: Commander Shea Elementary School and the highly regarded Cristo Rey New York High School.
For more information about the Street Fair please contact event coordinator Maisha Rodriguez, at 718-825-8699 or email Mairodri@comcast.net. Vendors who wish to participate may contact parishioner Maria Nieves at 646-732-3132. For general information about St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church please visit their online website: http://www.saintceciliaparishnyc.org