Fundraiser for homeless shelter features Rhode Island, Connecticut musicians, including a 2015 “Voice” semifinalist

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Braiden Sunshine, a 2015 NBC’s The Voice Semifinalist, joins 19 other local performers on Sunday afternoon in a unique fundraiser to benefit the WARM Center, a homeless shelter that provides comprehensive services to individuals and families in need in Southern Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut.

This is the fourth year that the Warm Center has sponsored its “Pass the Guitar” fundraiser, in which each of the 20 performers play one song, using the same guitar, passing it from one to another. A suggested donation of $10 gets individuals into Christ Episcopal Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly for the 2 p.m. event. There will also be raffles and refreshments.

Joining Sunshine will be a long list of local performers, some of whom perform locally and others nationally and internationally, like Ramblin’ Dan Stevens who has opened for the likes of James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Charlie Daniels, Livingston Taylor, Ronnie Earl, and others.

Also performing are Hugh Birdsall, Zach Dustin, Frank Pendola, Mike Rogoff, Jeff Mattson, John and Lyn Johnson, Judy Hall Gray, Tim Quinn, Haunt The House, Sandman Allen, Danny Fleet, Dennis Walley, Bill Ludwig, Ron Lynch III, Kala Farnham, Craig Edwards, Daphne Lee Martin, and Will Schramm.

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The performers offer a wide variety of music, said Joe Glennon, among the event organizers, including folk, blues, jazz, country and rock.

The Warm Center provides comprehensive programming for those in need in Southern Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut. WARM is the only provider of comprehensive shelter services to adult men and women in the region.  It operates “Anita’s Kitchen,” a soup kitchen that serves lunch and dinner to the public year-round.

Other programming includes Harvest Homes for homeless families; supportive transitional and permanent housing; Community Critical Needs, which assist community members in crisis with case management and financial assistance helping them maintain housing; Work Readiness and Culinary Job Training; Attire for Hire; children’s summer lunch program; street outreach; and free tax preparation for low-moderate income households.