Manchester vocalist Maxine Linehan will debut an original song, titled "Stronger Together," at the Spirit of Summer Gala charity event July 17 for the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation.
Linehan, with her husband, songwriter and producer Andrew Koss, will debut the work at the virtual charity event, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 17.
"This is a tremendous gift from these two exceptionally talented musicians," said Leslie Keefe, vice president for corporate development at SVHC. "So much about this year's event is different than those in years past. With this addition to the program we anticipate that this event will be as engaging as ever."
Linehan has played to sold-out crowds at New York's Lincoln Center and Paris's famed Theatre du Chatelet.
"In a world that is often deeply divisive, it's hard to find space for unity," Linehan said. "But look no further than health care and music. Both are worlds where we can safely collaborate and create change. While we don't save lives like the health-care heroes, we believe music can lift the spirit and give hope. We hope this song inspires and motivates people, so we can turn pain into power and see the rainbows in the rain."
Koss is the engineer and founder of The Studio at Strawberry Fields Lane in Manchester Center.
He is a music producer and song writer with more than 20 years of experience and has worked with such artists as Alicia Keys, John Legend and Liza Minnelli.
"When the world feels uncertain, unsure, unpredictable and normalcy seems far out of reach, the arts have always been there to offer a calming voice, an outstretched hand, a way to reflect and unite those around us," Koss said. "As we currently navigate our way through these challenging times, Maxine and I have been inspired and moved by all the people in our community who have worked so hard to keep everyone safe. To all the healthcare providers who have risked everything to be there for all of us, we are indebted to your compassion, your strength, and your determination to see this through. May this song help others find the strength to do their part and help us get through these challenging times."
Along with the debut, the program features insights from SVHC's leaders, raffle drawings for more than $20,000 in prizes, and a special Spirit of the Summer Gala playlist by media sponsor WEQX.
Those who make a donation in support of the Spirit of The Summer Gala will receive a link to the virtual experience.
Attendees will also receive a commemorative gift, a recipe for the evening's signature cocktail, and a list of restaurants to patronize on July 17. All have generously agreed to donate a portion of purchased meals to the Spirit of the Summer Gala.
Safe, social distanced gatherings are encouraged following local official ordinances.
"We are grateful to our generous sponsors and to Maxine and Andrew for their gifts of talent to this extraordinary event," Keefe said. "It will certainly to be a night to remember."