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Centre Daily Times (March 8, 2014)

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New nonprofit Sounds holding events.

In its first year, Sounds is already amping up its fundraising effort.

That’s what Misha Cleveland said about her newly created nonprofit, which aims to offer the public a late-night and alcohol-free venue that combines live music with people who want to have a safe and enjoyable time.

On Feb. 28, Cleveland and the Sounds board of directors held a fundraising meet-and-greet that grossed more than $5,000.

Its main sponsor, the Ferguson Foundation, promised to match up to $5,000. The foundation initially provided Sounds with three years’ worth of funding when the organization was initiated last winter, Cleveland said.

The fundraiser last week — held at The Queen Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Bellefonte — provided about 30 guests with refreshments, desserts and live entertainment.

Sounds held its inaugural event in October at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe with live local entertainment. It’s holding another event from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 5 at the Fairmount Building Auditorium, 154 W. Nittany Ave., called “Rock Your Art Out.”

The event will incorporate music with art, and Sounds is working with Penn State students who are planning the event as a class project.

“As I keep meeting people, I see the different interests in the community,” Cleveland said. “It really feels like we might all be different, but when we come together with similar reasons, it gets done.”

“Rock Your Art Out” will offer live local entertainment and an array of local art for sale. Tickets cost $5. Half of the proceeds from paintings sold will benefit the artist and the other half will benefit Sounds. Money made will go toward Sounds’ expenses, Cleveland said.

“The goal after this is to have an event every month and eventually have our own space,” Cleveland said.