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20th annual MLK Day celebration in Ridgefield to feature Luke Wade of 'The Voice'

The Town of Ridgefield is holding their 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration with a special performance by The Voice’s Luke Wade. 


The annual Spirit of Dr. King Award will also be presented.  This year's honorees are Elaine and Kevin Cox.  Kevin and Elaine Cox, longtime residents of Ridgefield, were selected for their dedication to philanthropy in Ridgefield and Fairfield County.  The couple is involved with Ability Beyond Disability, The Women’s Center, The Hord Foundation, The Ridgefield Playhouse, Sphere and many other organizations.


Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi says there aren't many organizations in Ridgefield that they haven't touched.  He added that the couple exemplifies all of the traits that Dr. King stood for, including generosity, empathy, kindness and altruism.


Having recently performed for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma with Patti Labelle, Luke Wade says he was honored when asked to return to The Ridgefield Playhouse to perform in at the Dr. King celebration.  He performed in New York City last night.  Luke danced at his mother's studio for 10 years, until an accident left him blind in one eye. After his accident, Luke turned to music, joining a band and writing his own songs.


Known for his rendition of “Holding Back the Years,” “Have a Little Faith in Me,” and most recently “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” which he did as a duet with another Voice alum Mia Z for Breast Cancer, Luke will be singing some special surprises with the Ridgefield Chorale backing him.


This event is free to the community and also features performances by The Ridgefield Chorale, Deborah Katchko-Gray and the TSI Singers, Kimberly Wilson and members of A Better Chance Ridgefield.  The event is at 3pm at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

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