Sabrina Duke
Sabrina Duke is heading up the Singing for Survivors concert Friday at The Shop at New Grounds in downtown York. (Sabrina Duke photo)

As a survivor of domestic violence, Sabrina Duke knows the strength it takes to escape and the importance of finding support.

"I wanted to find a way to give back to the YWCA and Access-York," the 33-year-old singer says. "It gives me a reason for why I went through what I did. It's great therapy, giving back."

That's the reason Duke organized the Singing for Survivors concert Friday at The Shop at New Grounds in downtown York. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the show will benefit Access-York.

"They were a great help, not only helping me leave the situation I was in but keeping me away from it, keeping me strong," she says. "Even though they were strangers to me, they were caring and sincere. They seemed like another family."

Support: The nonprofit programs include crisis intervention and counseling as well as domestic violence awareness and prevention, education and support.

"Everybody I've met has been amazing, and a lot of them are volunteers. They just have such heart," she says. "A lot of people don't even realize what they put into these programs."

The Singing for Survivors concert could become an annual event to support Access-York.

"October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so it seems appropriate," she says.

The YWCA will be represented at the show with literature to increase awareness of domestic violence and the support programs available. Donations are welcome. Access-York can use a variety of items for women and children, including hygiene and toiletry products, new undergarments, sweatpants and sweatshirts and pajamas; and basic household items, including pots and pans, new bed linens and towels, cleaning supplies and others. For a complete list, visit

The show: In addition to Duke performing with a full band, the concert will feature Dana Alexandra, Caroline Rose, Maria Lytle, Carmen Bryant, and Sarah Beth of the Indian Summer Jars.

"I thought 'let's do an all-female performer lineup'" for the show, Duke says. "Obviously the men are part of this, because we have male musicians working with us, but it's a way to make sure our voices are heard as females."

The music will span a range of genres with primarily acoustic performances and guitar and piano accompaniment. The performers will play both originals and cover tunes.

"We have such a talented, well-known local lineup," Duke says. "The Shop at New Grounds is such an awesome venue: great space, great sound and lights."

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The Singing for Survivors concert runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday at The Shop at New Grounds, 284 W. Market St., York.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit the YWCA's Access-York program. Advance tickets are available from New Grounds and at the YWCA, 320 E. Market St., York.

A Stella & Dot fashion jewelry and accessories table at the concert will donate 50 percent of the sales commissions to the YWCA as well.

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