###Contact: Jeanne M. Unger (315) 342-4489
Oswego, NY - David Garibaldi, a world-renowned artist, is scheduled to appear and perform his live stage show "Rhythm and Hue" at the upcoming Farnham Family Services Unplugged Event in November. Garibaldi, who is the opening act for the Blue Man Group, creates 6-foot portraits of pop icons to music at his live show, within minutes. He will create his work at the Farnham event. His unique show is extremely versatile and has been featured with celebrities like Carlos Santana; utilized by Fortune 500 companies like AT&T; raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charities; and used as a platform to motivate students and employees of various organizations. Farnham Unplugged: Rock The Arts, a music and art benefit will be held Friday, November 6th at 6:00 pm at the American Foundry in Oswego. Pre-sale tickets are $25 per person, and $35 per person at the door. "We're extremely excited about the second annual Farnham Unplugged: Rock The Arts event, as well as Garibaldi's appearance and performance," said Jeanne M. Unger, MS, Executive Director of the Oswego-based non-profit, chemical dependence outpatient substance abuse clinic, with prevention and school-based student assistance counseling services. "Garibaldi is an artist who paints with passion and purpose, who overcame obstacles to get where he is today, and we believe that coincides perfectly with Farnham's mission and philosophies." "Farnham's objective is to offer people a fresh start; a new beginning...Garibaldi was able to turn the direction of his life around, and that's why we believe he couldn't be a better fit for the Farnham Unplugged Event," Unger added. According to Garibaldi, walking away from a life of graffiti in the streets was one of the hardest decisions he ever had to make. It wasn't until a high school teacher challenged him to make his art more purposeful, that the decision was made. He shares his personal struggles and triumphs through his wildly splashed paintings in his inspirational art performances. Garibaldi paints live at urban jazz sessions, nightclubs, and hip hop events for direct influence by the music. Some of the pop icons he is famous for painting include Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Marley, to name a few. Visit him at www.garibaldiarts.com Garibaldi's work that he creates at the Farnham event will be auctioned off after its completion, and will directly benefit Farnham Family Services' Changing Lives Capital Appeal. The agency's goal for the 2009-10 year is to raise $50,000-which will provide direct funding for Farnham's student assistance programs and youth development. The fundraising event will also feature guest appearances by a variety of Central New York musicians including Frostbit Blue, The Predators, and Doc Apple. Artwork by various regional artists will also be donated to the event for the silent auction. The artwork will be available for bidding throughout the night. Individuals, businesses, and corporate partners are welcome to help Farnham Family Services continue to "change lives" by generously making a donation or by attending their annual event. Please contact Farnham Family Services at (315) 342-4489 for ticket, event, and sponsorship information. Donations or correspondence can be sent to Farnham Family Services, 283 West Second Street, Suite 200, Oswego, NY 13126. Established in 1971, Farnham Family Services is a United Way agency that offers prevention services, school-based student assistance and treatment services to all residents of Oswego and surrounding counties. All services are licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Farnham's professionally certified staff is comprised of competent and skillful individuals who are continually updated with training through conferences and workshops. Families or individuals interested in learning more about Farnham Family Services please call (315) 342-4489 or visit them online at www.farnhaminc.org.