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Musical sensation performs for good causes

Like many folk singers of the 1960s and '70s, Judy Collins thrived on social activism.

She has been a spokeswoman for UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, and campaigned against land mines.

Decades later Collins continues working for her causes and, five years ago, she released "Sanity and Grace," a book chronicling her recovery from her son's 1992 suicide that sheds light on an often-taboo subject.

Due to her activism and her reputation as one of the great American folk singers, the Seattle native was an obvious choice for a fundraising concert in Port Angeles, to be co-hosted by the Port Angeles Rotary Club and Womanfest, said P.A. Rotary member Rex Wilson.

"The money that is raised will be divided between the two groups," said Wilson. "It will contribute to several charities."

According to Wilson, Womanfest, a Peninsula nonprofit that provides women with empowering experiences and associations, works to help AIDS-stricken orphans in Africa.

The Port Angeles Rotary Club works with Rotary International to raise money to eradicate polio through Polio Plus and the local club also raises money for charitable projects in Western Mexico.

"This is our part," Wilson said.

Collins has released nearly 50 albums and has numerous top hits, including her renditions of "Amazing Grace" and "Send in the Clowns."

According to reports, Bill and Hillary Clinton named their daughter Chelsea after the singer's version of "Chelsea Morning."

"An Evening with Judy Collins" is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave.

Net proceeds go toward Womanfest and Port Angeles Rotary Club's international service projects.

Tickets range from $38 to $48 and are available at Pacific Mist Books in Sequim, Port Book and News in Port Angeles or online at www.PARotary.org or www.NWPerformingArts.com.

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