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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus raises nearly $22,000 for Haiti school

June 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus’s annual concert to benefit a school in Haiti raised far more money this year than previously.

Chorus member Mike Veitenhans tells me the chorus had hoped to raise $8,000. But shortly before Saturday night’s concert, a representative from the Mona Foundation, which funds the Georges Marcellus School in rural Haiti through donations, told the chorus that an anonymous donor had heard about the chorus’s fundraising efforts and promised to match whatever they raised, up to $10,000.

After informing the audience of that pledge match, audience members reached deep and donated $11,550. A few more donations rolled in after the concert, and with the anonymous donor match, the chorus raised a record $21,550.

The chorus has now raised more than $90,000 for Haitian school children in the last 15 years.

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Northwest Firelight Chorale and Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus concerts this weekend

June 13th, 2017 by Doree

Northwest Firelight Chorale will perform “Africa: A Legacy of Song” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St. Tickets online are $22 for adults, $12 for ages 12 and under, children 4 and under are free.

From the enticing rhythms to the infectious melodies, from haunting spirituals and joyful gospel to jazz and hip-hop, join us for a thrilling evening of music from African peoples and from American musical traditions shaped by African-American composers in this soul-stirring concert.

Also Saturday, Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus performs its annual concert to raise money for a school in Haiti. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., with special guests Carol J. Levin on harp, Izumi Fairbanks on drums and Eric Likkel on clarinet. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged to the Georges Marcellus School through the Mona Foundation.

The chorus’s motto is “sing locally, act globally.” The 65+ member chorus has raised more than $60,000 since 2005 for Haitian schools. Chorus member Mike Veitenhans put together this short video showing some of the kids and teachers at the school.

Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus 2016 concert. Photo by Ken Astrein.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus hosts second annual Neighborhood Memorial Gathering on Saturday

March 7th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus is hosting its second annual Neighborhood Memorial Gathering on Saturday to celebrate the love and lives of those lost. This free, non-religious event will feature songs and poetry.

The gathering begins at 3 p.m. at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St. Tea and cookies will be served afterwards.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus raises $7,500+ for Haiti school

June 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus filled Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church on Saturday night for its annual Haiti benefit concert. The chorus raised more than $7,500 in donations for the Mona Foundation, which supports the Georges Marcellus School in Guerot. That doesn’t include donations made to the foundation’s website, which haven’t yet been tallied.

9-year-old Josie Rough received a standing ovation after her solo at Saturday night’s concert. Photo by Ken Astrein.

9-year-old Josie Rough received a standing ovation after her solo at Saturday night’s concert. Photo by Ken Astrein.

The chorus has raised about $68,000 since its first fundraising concert in 2005, first for Lekol Pa Nou School in Pinchon, and then for Georges Marcellus School for the past three years.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus concert June 20 to benefit school in Haiti

June 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus presents its annual concert to benefit the George Marcellus School in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

The chorus will sing a program of mostly a cappella modern and not-so-modern folk music from around the world, including Haiti, South Africa, Sweden, the Republic of Georgia and southern France. The chorus’s mission is to “sing local, act global.”

We sing for free, on behalf of the George Marcellus School in one of the poorest areas of rural Haiti. Donations are much appreciated. We hope to raise the entire $6,500 budget that the school needs for teacher salaries and providing each student one meal a day. 100% of funds raised will go to the school through the Mona Foundation, a Kirkland-based non-profit 501(c)3 that supports universal education.

Refreshments will be served.

Please join us for a fun evening of good singing in a good cause.

Donations can be made here.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus will lead carols to raise money for charity

December 2nd, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus will lead caroling under “Gary’s Canopy” (that’s Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair) at 7418 Greenwood Ave. N. from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. Donations will go to the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

Come enjoy a fire pit and hot apple cider courtesy of Ken’s Market. The Phinney Neighborhood Association will provide song sheets.

Organizers say all voices are welcome, whether they’re in tune or not!

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