DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 28th, 2006 / 03:15 PM

This Saturday, September 30th, the Capital Region Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) will host a benefit Celtic concert at the Pepsi Arena in Albany.

A block party in front of the Pepsi will start at Noon, featuring the band 2096, whose members include 3 Schenectady police officers. The concert inside the Pepsi begins at 4 p.m., with the Christian Brothers Academy regimental marching band, Albany Police Pipes and Drums, The Prodigals, Hair of the Dog and The McKrells performing.

Tickets for the event are $10 and are available at the Pepsi Arena box office. All of the proceeds raised from the event will be used for Capital Region C.O.P.S. programs.

C.O.P.S. is a non-profit national organization that was created in 1984 to help rebuild the lives of surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. now serves nearly 13,000 nationwide with programs that include ongoing survivor support, grief counseling, financial assistance, summer camps for children, retreats for spouses and law enforcement training seminars.

In response to the 2004 line-of-duty deaths of Albany Police Lieutenant John Finn and Schenectady Police Officer Eric Verteramo, the Capital Region C.O.P.S. Chapter was established. It now serves 13 area counties (Albany, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington) and assists the survivors of Capital Region law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.