Most of us know by now all the great things that the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) does for our community. I think it's awesome that they do events that are entertaining and benefiting those that need help at the same time. Talk about your win-win.

This event is no exception as The Self Help Independence Project’s (SHIP) Fundamental Follies Theatre Company at MHAST presents the musical performance of "Rock ‘N Roll Heaven” on October 25th at the Know Theatre, 74 Carroll Street in Binghamton.

Admission is free, however, donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. There will be two performances starting at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. This short play features interpretations of songs by Janis Joplin, Karen Carpenter, Bad Company, and Warren Zevon.

Original music by local, talented musicians including Paul Tauterouff of the band "The Blah Blah Blahs" will also be featured. This year’s play takes a serious look at the rise in opium-related deaths and attempts to educate the community on life-saving skills. Go here to find out more about Rock 'n Roll Heaven.

MHAST’s SHIP (Self Help Independent Program) offers training in public speaking to individuals interested in presenting their personal story to the public for mental health awareness.

The Follies' mission is to educate our community on topics related to mental health and addiction using theatre, song, and poetry. MHAST believes in working together to "Make a Difference" and hope you'll come and see the difference they can make in someone's life.

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