FOMAG holiday events raised support for other nonprofits
Brattleboro Reformer | February 03, 2019
On behalf of the trustees of Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 53rd Anniversary Season, I extend sincere thanks to everyone who attended and otherwise supported our holiday programs in December. Door donations at the 48th Community Messiah Sing on Saturday, December 1, and the 46th Christmas at Christ Church concerts on December 7 & 8, allow us to contribute to the support of two other local nonprofit organizations. Set at Centre Congregational Church since 1980, the Messiah Sing was rededicated in 2007 as a benefit for the homeless at holiday time. This year's door donations of $2,231 bring the grand total passed along to Groundworks Collaborative and its predecessor agencies to just over $22,582! Our related collection of goods for the cause at the Sing supplemented the cash contribution with several bags of groceries, winter outerwear, and toys from attendees, as it does each year. The soloists and conductor for this community-based event have traditionally donated their services for the fundraiser. This year we thank Junko Watanabe, soprano, Julie Olsson, alto, Walter Cramer, tenor, and Cailin Marcel Manson, baritone, as well as conductor Kenneth Olsson and trumpeter Joyana Damon, for their generous time and talent. Long-time Sing organist Bill McKim performed for a notable 31st time! This year we received service trades, discounts, or cash donations from the Sing's major sponsors: Brattleboro Reformer and The Marina Restaurant. Additional support came from C&S Wholesale Grocers' Print Shop, Centre Congregational Church, and Richmond Auto Repair. We are also indebted to our 53rd Season media sponsors, Vermont Public Radio and the Vermont Arts Council, for helping to get the word out about both holiday programs.