HAWLEY - On Jan. 8 of this year, a fire broke out at the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC), a rehabilitation center for birds of prey.

In an effort to help the center get back on its feet, several arts and environmental organizations, including The DVRC, Harmony Presents and RiverFolk Concerts are putting on a benefit concert featuring two local and prominent bands, Little Sparrow and The Merrill Lynch Jazz Quartet.

“Little Sparrow is a favorite Sullivan County band, performing a mix of traditional bluegrass, sixties rock and Americana since 2008 on mandolin, banjo, guitar, fiddle and bass,” says Jill Carletti, Managing Director of Harmony Presents. “The Merrill Lynch Jazz Quartet is an all-star team of superb musicians from NEPA.

“Their musical prowess, catchy grooves, inventive songwriting and new takes on classic jazz standards will take audiences on a stock rising thrill-ride,.

“It feels great to work on this project with two other wonderful organizations. It’s also so very tremendous of these two bands to donate their time and talent to this deserving charity.

“I know this will be yet another example of the good things that happen when everyone works together.”

The DVRC is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt state and federally licensed rehabilitation organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of birds of prey such as hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, and vultures.

Their goals are to provide humane professional care for orphaned, ill, and injured raptors so they can ultimately be returned to the wild, healthy and no longer dependent upon humans for survival.

The show is set to take place at the underground theater in the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, Feb 20 at 8pm. Doors will open at 7:30.

There are 35 Advance tickets available for $15 each. After these sell out, tickets will be available for $20 each.

Tickets can be purchased and donations can be made online at www.harmonypresents.com or www.riverfolkconcerts.com.

Donations are accepted on the ticket page for those who are unable to make the concert. Donations are also accepted on the DVRC homage page at www.dvrconline.org.

For help purchasing tickets or for information on how to get tickets in person, call (570) 588-8077.

Unlike regularly scheduled Harmony Presents shows in the Hawley Silk Mill, the Cocoon Catering Cart will not be available at this show.

Audiences are encouraged to BYOB for this particular event. Refreshments will be available free of charge and additional goods and services will be raffled off in support of the DVRC.