2008
Acclaimed Christian performer appears in benefit concert for University church

Acclaimed Christian performer appears in benefit concert for University church
May 14, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Paul Todd, a renowned Christian artist whose musical talents have enhanced liturgies, entertained families and raised funds for many charitable concerns, will perform a benefit concert for the Benedictine University Church project at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16 in St. Procopius Abbey Church. Todd has been amazing crowds since he won the prestigious National Yamaha Keyboard Contest at the age of 14. Although Paul is primarily a Christian artist, his concerts also include original, classical, popular and Broadway selections. Todd accompanies himself by playing six keyboards simultaneously. His fingers and feet move at lightening fast speed, which the audience can see on a large mirror set up behind the keyboards. Known also for his smooth and powerful vocals, he combines talent with a sparkling wit to help make his concerts an unforgettable family night out. Todd also uses his talents to help raise funds for charitable organizations. Over the years, he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for numerous charities nationwide. Among the charities he has helped are “Feed the Children,” “The Gabriel House,” “Sunlight Home” and “The Foundation Fighting Blindness.” The concert will raise funds for the proposed University Church and Ministry Center on the Benedictine University campus. The Church and Ministry Center would offer a full array of services to support the spiritual growth of Benedictine’s diverse student body, provide resources to enhance outreach to the larger community and provide the moral grounding today’s young people so desperately need. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door. For more information about the concert, contact Abbot Hugh Anderson, O.S.B., director of University Ministry, at (630) 829-6029 or by e-mail at handerson@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.