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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sunday event for charity

Local people from various religious groups will gather Sunday evening in the city to raise money for a disaster relief charity.

Temple Sinai, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rotterdam Junction and the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church of Saratoga Springs are hosting the second annual fundraiser dinner with Indian, Pakistani and American food from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church at 24 Circular St.

A news release for the event highlights how many people view relations between Muslims, Jews and Christians as contentious because of historical and current events, and local representatives from the three faith groups have decided to join together to “broker the divisions by building on commonalities.”

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit ShelterBox USA, an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter to people affected by disasters. Boxes from the organization supply up to 10 people with a tent and other equipment — including a water purifier, cooking utensils and blankets — to use while they are displaced or homeless.

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