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September 1, 2014, 7:44 am

Piano recital raises funds for St. Therese church

Non-profit community organizations are using the talents of local youngsters and adults to raise needed funds during this holiday season. That's certainly the case at the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church in Mount Airy.

Pianoworks students will be performing at the church located on Upsal and Anderson streets on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. There will be a freewill offering.

The group of students just raised $600 at their “88 Black & White Keys: A Music Journey” recital last September. Proceeds from that concert went to the non-profit FreshVisions Youth Theatre in Germantown.

Earlier this year they raised another $250 for the St. Therese Church in a winter recital. “It is really great to perform and raise monies for good causes,” said Patrick Houston, one of Pianoworks advanced students.

Making her recital debut at this Saturday’s program will be 5-year-old Madison Matchett of Cheltenham. Also performing are 18-year-old Patrick Houston of Frankford, 14-year-old Norman Williams of Mount Airy and his 12-year-old sister Natalie, and 8-year-old Mehki Lewis of West Oak Lane.

In addition, 12-year-old David Gallashaw of West Oak Lane and his 12-year-old cousin Marrayia Herring, Amy Ouattara of East Oak Lane, 8-year-old Jasmyn Lopez and her 5-year-old sister Jayla Wilks, 14-year-old Lauren Gonzalez of Mount Airy, 13-year-old Cimone Bates of West Oak Lane, and 15-year-old Shauna Leonard of Germantown will be performing.

It was time for the “Sweet Spirit II” cultural fundraising showcase at the Germantown Theatre Centre, 4821 Germantown Ave. on Friday, Dec. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Gregory Underwood, the brother of LaBelle’s Veronica Underwood, was the headliner.

Also on the bill were Nadir Rajul known as “Majestic Percussionist”, choreographer Carmen Butler, and spoken word artist Cheryl Lee.

“I think it is excellent to have this kind of event in the community,” said Sandra Anderson-Brown of Mount Airy. “This is my first time coming to a Sweet Spirit fundraiser. It was very good. I really enjoyed Cheryl Lee’s poetry, the African dancing, and the music. You can’t beat all this talent for $7.”