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Sparkling Fundraiser for The Joy of Music School

By Jeaneane Payne

A fun and beneficial event taking place in Knoxville is The Joy of Music School's annual Holiday Sparkles & Spirits fundraiser which will be held on Friday evening, December 9, 6-10 p.m. at Cherokee Mills.

Beautiful jewelry and fine wine from around the world will be offered at live and silent auctions. Something new this year includes bids on products and services including home and garden items, arts, travel, food, sports, and more.

All proceeds will benefit local children who could not otherwise afford music lessons and instruments.

The Joy of Music School Youth Choir, joined by a handful of young soloists from the school, will provide a special musical performance. "The kids are so excited about playing and singing at this terrific event," said Francis Graffeo, Executive Director of The Joy of Music School. "Everyone here is getting in the holiday mood, from the students to teachers to the staff."

Other entertainment will be by Knoxville's Superstition Quartet, a lively, all-women a cappella group performing a variety of songs in the four-part barbershop style.

The proceeds from sponsorships, ticket sales and all auction items will help underwrite the children's studies at The Joy of Music School, a nonprofit organization that opens its doors to kids whose opportunities are limited by circumstances beyond their control, and allows them freely to enjoy the gift of music, and the benefit of a music education.

"Joy of Music School students are unique, talented youngsters who deserve our respect. They are taught by a volunteer music faculty whose devotion is at the heart of our operations. This event raises funds that ensure we can continue to put 75 teachers and 175 students together in weekly lessons and provide for everything their musical imaginations can create," said Kurt Weiss, President of the Joy of Music School Board of Directors. "But more than that, we must do all we can do to reach the 80-plus kids on our waiting list."

Tickets for the event are $75 per person before November 20 and $85 per person after. They can be obtained by contacting the school at 865-525-6806.

The Joy of Music School provides free weekly lessons and instruments to disadvantaged and at-risk children. Young people, who would otherwise do without, learn, practice and play in a nurturing environment. Founded in 1998, the School believes that all young people should have the opportunity to experience and create music regardless of income.

Published November 17, 2011

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