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Community embraces Ophelia's Place mission

The Caf at 407 in Liverpool just celebrated a successful first year of business by offering a week-long lineup of musical acts free to the public.

The caf , on Tulip Street in the village, is part of Ophelia's Place, a non-profit organization formed to help combat eating disorders.

"It came up that that would be a great way for us to give back to the community for how they supported us the past year," said caf manager Sarah Wood. "It's only because of the community that we've been as successful as we have, allowing us to keep our doors open and continue to offer our support services. We just wanted to say thank you to the community by offering this week-long celebration in music as our gift to them. There's no charge for a cover fee. There's no expectation at all. It's just our free gift."

The celebration was sponsored by Dot Foods and included performances by soul singer Joe Whiting, jazz vocalist Ronnie Leigh, Mario and Maria DeSantis, Bob Halligan Jr., the band Oregon Trail and the Christopher Ames band.

All profits from the caf go towards running Ophelia's Place, Wood said. The non-profit offers workshops and seminars on the subject of eating disorders, does outreach to schools and the greater community and offers two support groups.

"Ophelia's Place offers support groups for those struggling with eating disorders every Thursday night from 6 to 7:30, and then on the last Wednesday of every month we offer a support group for family and friends ... to kind of gather support from each other about how they can deal with the individuals in their lives who are struggling," Wood said.

The organization has met with success in offering tools to the community that help those affected by eating disorders, but for many the struggle goes on.

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