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September 21, 2011

Making beautiful music

Crowds flock to annual women's concert

Chicago has its blues, New Orleans has its jazz and Haverhill has Elle Gallo and her Eve Rising Festival.

The three-day Eve Rising Festival peaked on Saturday with a full day of music. It ran from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., drawing a crowd of nearly 500 people.

Wei Chi Healing Center of Haverhill led this year's growing list of sponsors. Sponsors also included Mill 77 Trading Company of Amesbury, Commonwealth Computers of Bradford, Life is Odd of Newbury, Good Gracious Goodies of Merrimack, Authentic Sentiments of Bradford and Blue Sky Marketing of Haverhill.

Saturday's music festival bested last year's with more vendors, more space and more sponsors but was still managed by familiar faces. Last year's vendor director, Kellie Hickey, who worked as this year's stage manager, helped orchestrate the annual festival to raise money for women's causes.

"Last year it was a little hectic, but this year we have the experience to help us make things run smoother," Hickey said.

The festival raises money and support for women in need, women who have escaped abuse and addictions and women fighting cancer.

The festival's proceeds will go to Emmaus, Inc; the Kick Cancer Celebration of Dana Farber; City Sports Fees for Single Mothers through the Haverhill Parks and Recreation Department; a fund to help single mother's pay their children's Haverhill city sports fees; and Songbird Sings, which provides music for trauma survivors.

The event was held on the roof of the Merrimack Street parking deck behind the police station. The venue gave vendors more room and provided more access for more people and better parking.

Mayor James Fiorentini spoke at the festival and thanked residents for their show of support for the event. He described it as one that has helped put Haverhill on the map as a city that supports pro-active female causes.

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