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Fundraising Event at The Queen

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Sounds threw its first wonderfully successful Meet-and-Greet fundraiser of the year this past Friday, Feb. 28th.  Held at The Queen, a Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Bellefonte, the event brought in a variety of interested community members, all there to learn more about Sounds.

The Queen holds thousands of collectibles, plus elaborate detailed Victorian elements throughout. Our event was held on their main floor, which featured two fireplaces, an elegant main dining room, a foyer flanked by straight-backed armchairs, and many other comforts for all to enjoy.

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Food for the event ranged from bacon-wrapped water chestnuts and crab-stuffed mushrooms to fresh fruit tarts and marbled cheesecake- but it was all delicious!  Area restaurants donated all of the mouthwatering goodies, including Cafe 210, Dante’s, Spats, The Tavern and The Allen Street Grill.   Drinks and other supplies were also donated by local purveyors, including Trader Joe’s, Weis, Nature’s Pantry, Nittany Valley Hardware, Giant, and Wegman’s. Throughout the evening, original jazz-funk trio The Dopplerpoppins (picture below) and Irish alternative-folk artist David Curley serenaded the guests with smooth live music.

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In between musical acts, Executive Director Misha Cleveland gave a presentation about Sounds.  Some guests had particular curiosity about what Sounds will be able to do for the local youth, while others had a vested interest in our organization’s musical focus.  Everyone got to know all of the Sounds Board of Directors and left at the end of the night well-informed about about our story, mission and long-term goals.  Importantly, the event brought in a total profit of $5,000, which will be matched by the Ferguson Foundation!  Thanks again to all who attended!

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