To The Editor:
Martha’s Vineyard is very fortunate to have a wonderful community resource in the talented person of Lia Kahler. On Sunday, September 11, she presented her most recent benefit concert at the Whaling Church for the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard and Polly Hill Arboretum, for which both organizations received more than $11,000. These were not the first organizations to be grateful for Ms. Kahler’s efforts. Every couple of years, she organizes and performs a concert for worthy Island non-profits and is wise and kind enough to select different groups that she has not helped before. She has helped the Whaling Church with the restoration of the organ, Alzheimer’s of the Cape and Islands, Seeds of Peace, and the Island Food Pantry, to name a few.
Her dedication goes way beyond her talent in performing. She seeks donations from Island businesses for goods and services for a silent auction as part of the performance experience. All proceeds go to the organizations she is helping. In addition, she mails out more than 2,000 invitations with an appeal for donations for groups she is sponsoring for each concert.
The Shelter and the Arboretum are grateful for her concert, Songs of My Father, in which she honored her father Albert Littlefield’s love of animals and nature. In doing so, his legacy lives on through her, and the Island’s animals and the Arboretum are enormously benefited.
Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard.