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Stevens-Swan and “In The Heights” Team Up For A Cause

Utica, NY (WIBX) – Performers from the musical “In The Heights” toured the Stevens-Swan Humane Society today to promote a good cause.

While in Utica, those attending tonight or tomorrow night’s musicals at the Stanley Theater are encouraged to bring food, toys, treats and other items for needy pets. There will also be a donation box on hand for anyone who would like to give money.

Jerry Kraus, spokesman for the Society, said the collaboration will help promote awareness and support for cats, dogs and other shelter animals.

“This is going to give us the opportunity to tell everybody that’s going to see their play at the Stanley Theater to bring a donation to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society,” Kraus said. “They were nice enough to give us that opportunity and every donation helps us here at the shelter.”

Gabriel Gonzalez, who plays Piragua Guy in the musical, spoke about the cast’s support for the Society.

“It’s a way of giving back, you know,” Gonzalez said. “Especially for us; we have a lot of pet lovers. Just anyone with a heart can truly appreciate the efforts that are taking place here. So, for the cast of ‘In The Heights,’ I’m sure I can speak for the other cast members… it’s a real honor to be a part of something like this.”

Jeffrey Nunez, a member of the cast’s ensamble, agreed.

“Over 3,000 animals come and go out of this place and it’s a really nice thing to look into,” Gonzalez said. “A lot of beautiful stories, you know, all these animals deserve to be seen… they deserve to have a happy life. So it’s really nice to come and visit them.”

Among the products the Stevens-Swan Humane Society needs are canned dog and cat food, kitten milk, cat litter, Styrofoam bowls, paper towels, bleach, trash bags and cat/dog beds.

“In The Heights” will be Utica tonight and tomorrow night, with both shows scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets for the show or for more information, call (315) 724-7196 or visit

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