Concert to Benefit "No Place Special" in Mashpee

Concert to raise funds for Elizabeth and Emily Furlani of Mashpee

MASHPEE â?? Eleven years ago, when Susan and Ricci Furlani learned that their beautiful daughters suffered from a degenerative disease that would slowly cripple them to death, they were devastated. But grief turned to determination to provide Emily and Elizabeth Furlani, diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Sanfilippo Syndrome, the best quality of life possible.

It has been a challenge for the self-employed couple with no insurance. Now an ongoing effort to renovate the Furlaniâ??s modest Mashpee home to make it handicapped accessible is really a race against time to accommodate the two girls who are now 18 and 20 years old. They call the home addition â??No Place Specialâ? but without it the only other alternative for Elizabeth and Emily is a nursing home.

On Saturday, September 16th a concert will be held with proceeds benefiting "No Place Special".  The concert featuring performances by Larry Zarella, Danielle Miraglia, Tom Bianchi & Jen Murdza will be held In-the Round on Bayview Road in Mashpee at 7pm.

The concert is for all ages. Tickets are $10. For tickets contact [email protected].

Come join these four very talented local musicians for a concert to benefit Elizabeth & Emily Furlani and "No Place Special".  Elizabeth and Emily have a rare fatal disease called Sanfilippo Type D also know as MPS III. With an average lifespan of 11-14 years this is truly a celebration. Elizabeth is turning 21.  Their parents, Rick and Susan Furlani, are in the process of finishing up their handicap accessible addition. The addition they needed to build, to keep their daughters at home with them and out of a nursing home.

They have gotten many donations over the course of construction, but more funds are still needed. All ticket sale proceeds will go directly to "No Place Special".  To read more about the girls and their home, please visit

The performers

Larry Zarella: Larry's music is a perfect combination of heartfelt sincerity and fun. His voice has a rare, magical quality and his guitar playing, while unorthodox, is very rhythmic and uniquely his own. Larry is an instant pleasure to listen to. Larry's main directive is to use his music to help others. He is actively and continuously involved in raising both funds and awareness to causes in need. He will be promoting his new CD entitled "No Place Special" in conjunction with Sanfilippo Syndrome, and portions of all proceeds will be donated to the Furlanis.

Danielle Miraglia: A strong steady thumb on an old Gibson guitar is the driving force behind Danielle Miraglia's delta blues influenced guitar style. Add a raw, powerful, whiskey tinged voice and one might be tempted to label her a blues artist. But while Miraglia's style pays homage to these blues traditions, her classic rock verve, catchy melodies and eclectic array of song subjects that range from deeply personal to socially relevant give it an original twist that is all her own. A fresh sound along with a sharp wit and a captivating stage presence is gaining her fans all over the map.

Tom Bianchi:  Whether at The Somerville Theater or playing the streets and subways of Boston MA, Tom Bianchi is always puts on a show. One of the very few "Singer/Songwriter/Solo Bassists" in the country, Tom will mix great songs improvisation, humor and bass guitar skills like you've never seen before.

Jen Murdza: When you first lay eyes and ears on Boston-based singer/songwriter, Jen Murdza, you won't believe the voice filling the room is hers. This petite blonde, standing at a mere 5'2" nearly hidden by her guitar, can silence a crowded room with just one smoky, sultry note. Her original music combines rich vocals, infectious grooves, and vivid lyrics. The final sound is an addictive, foot-stomping mixture of Rhythmic Pop, Soul, and Jazz that will take you on a journey from sassy "old-school" grooves to emotional ballads.

Visit the "No Place Special" website here.
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