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Motivational speaker Jonathan Thompson will be one of several performers in this year’s Telethon for Hope, a fundraiser for the Housing Assistance Corporation on December 3.

The public is invited to come together on Thursday, December 3, for the 17th Annual Telethon for Hope, a daylong fundraising event that will culminate with an evening of music to celebrate the work the Housing Assistance Corporation is doing to keep people safely housed.

The Telethon for Hope will take place from 6 to 8:30 PM and can be watched live on Housing Assistance’s Facebook page, YouTube Channel, and on local cable access channels 98 and 99.

This year’s Telethon for Hope will feature motivational speaker Jonathan Thompson of JT’s Chronicles, singer-songwriter Monica Rizzio, musician Sarah Swain, the group Super Soulshine, singer and actor Larry Marsland, and soft-rock duo David Bussiere and Troy Williams.

Considered the unofficial Mayor of Cape Cod, Jonathan (JT) Thompson has built up a loyal following on his Facebook page, JT’s Chronicles, thanks to his message of positivity. In September 2020, TD Bank recognized Mr. Thompson for his efforts to unite the community as a motivational speaker, his daily inspirational posts on social media, and as a promoter of positivity. He has hosted a popular virtual Friday Night Dance Party to lift people’s spirits during the pandemic.

Sarah Swain has been writing and playing music since she was 15. She has toured on her own and as a supporting musician in various indie bands since 1995, and released her first solo record, “One Girl Town,” in 2006. In 2012, she released “Every Little Bird,” which won Album of the Year at the Limelight Magazine Music Awards. Her band’s latest album, “Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys,” was released in 2016.

Americana singer-songwriter Monica Rizzio is equally influenced by her Texas roots and her Cape Cod home. She released her debut album, “Washashore Cowgirl” in 2016, followed three years later by “Sunshine is Free.”

Larry Marsland has been singing and performing since he was a kid. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in acting, he spent 35 years in New York City where he performed in regional theater, off-Broadway, and television He has been a familiar face and voice on the Cape Cod theater and music scene. He is a regular vocalist with the Chatham Chorale and Cape Symphony.

Since 2013, Super Soulshine has been playing a mix of covers and originals throughout Cape Cod as one of the region’s premiere dance and party bands. Its members include singer Jen Falk, guitarist Mark Filteau, bassist Colton Lange, and drummer Steve Howard.

David Bussiere and Troy Williams are a local soft-rock duo, specializing in tight harmonies, who provide listeners with an eclectic variety of music, including the Beatles, Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, and Van Morrison. The pair have been entertaining local audiences since 1995 and have performed at a number of Housing Assistance Corporation events over the years, including the annual Telethon for Hope.

The Housing Assistance Corporation is still looking for business sponsors for the telethon. Anyone wishing to be a sponsor can contact Deanna Bussiere at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org or at 508-771-5400, extension 270.

The public can get involved by donating to the telethon through www.telethonforhope.org. The public is also encouraged to like, join and share the Telethon for Hope event on the Housing Assistance’s Facebook page.

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