Memorial Park choirs raising money for Carnegie Hall tripRecord Number: 8241 Displayed from: Nov 17 2011 12:00AM, until: Dec 31 2011 12:00AM
Two choirs from Memorial Park Middle School will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March after
earning gold ratings at the Heritage Festival in Washington D.C. last May where they competed against high
Since receiving the invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall, the students involved in 78 Edition and MP Jazz
have been busy raising money to pay for the trip. In order to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime
experience, the students, parents and staff must raise $60,000 to pay for entrance fees, transportation,
lodging, food, outfits for the show choir season as well as educational sightseeing, including a Broadway
show. The group is more than half-way to their goal, but they still need to raise more than $15,000.
"I am proud of our students for achieving this honor and having the opportunity to sing at Carnegie
Hall," said Jana Root, director of the choirs. "This experience will be one that the students will
remember their entire life. We hope the community can help our students raise the funds needs to make this
Parents and students have given personally, asked family and friends, washed cars, and sold Chick-fil-A
sandwiches, Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and discount cards. Each month, students, staff and parents pack area
restaurants, who will give them a percentage of sales. Local foundations have also been approached to offer
assistance, but most foundations are unable to assist the choirs because they are from a public school. Over
the next few weeks, the choirs are singing at various corporation Christmas dinners and community events to
raise awareness and funds for this opportunity for the students to represent Fort Wayne.
Events next week include:
• Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A at Jefferson Pointe from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Students will help serve
meals and sing with a percentage of the sales going toward the Carnegie Hall trip.
• Singing downtown Wednesday, Nov. 23, during the annual Night of Lights. Students will be singing outside the
Wells Fargo Bank building from 5:30-6 p.m.; inside the Grand Wayne Convention Center from 6:30-7 p.m.; and
then outside the Hilton where hot chocolate will be passed out at 7:20 p.m. Donations will be accepted at all
Anyone interested in contributing can send a tax-deductible donation to Memorial Park Middle School, 2200
Maumee Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46803. The remaining funds are needed by Dec. 31 to ensure the group can go.
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