The College of Staten Island will sponsor a Halloween entertainment festival on Wednesday October 26, at 7:30 p.m. to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The evening will feature The Magic of Lyn, music by the Michael Packer Blues Band, a surprise movie and numerous donated performances from CSI student groups and organizations. All events will take place in the College’s Center for the Arts.

The Magic of Lyn features master illusionist Lyn Dallies, who has performed across the country, including in such notable venues as Las Vegas and Lincoln Center. Her combination of magic and illusion – she once made an elephant disappear — hypnotic lighting and dynamic music mark her as a master entertainer and extraordinary magician.

The Michael Packer Blues Band, which has donated a number of performances to Katrina relief, is a nationally-recognized blues ensemble whose latest recording is “Bleecker-Bowery.” The recording will be available for sale at the College with all proceeds going to hurricane relief.

The benefit will also include a fifty-fifty raffle with proceeds donated to the Humane Society of the United States and Noah’s Wish. Both agencies care for animals displaced and abandoned due to the hurricane.

Tickets for the Halloween entertainment are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be reserved by calling the College at 718-982-2787 or through the college website at All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross for disaster relief.

The Wednesday event is part of a continuing hurricane relief program initiated by CSI. Along with announcing plans to accommodate Gulf Coast college students whose education had been disrupted by Hurricane Katrina, the College has collected over $7,000 in cash and checks, which has been matched by a donation from the Staten Island Bank and Trust.