Last year, as part of my fundraising for music education, I gave 10% of my earnings to local non-profit organizations dealing with homelessness and poverty.  In December 3rd, 2013, I organized a concert for this purpose.  The Rose City Park United Methodist Church (RCPUMC) was generous enough to let me use their facility.  I chose RCPUMC because they are very actively helping the homeless community.  The performers included the Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) String Quartet, the Baroque Trio “I Ragazzi,” and a duet from the PYP Association.  In addition, I played a Mozart Sonata and the 1st movement from Lalo Symphonie Espagnole.  Despite a very small turnout, we met the goal of raising $1,000!  The agencies benefited were Human Solutions, Street Roots, JOIN, Portland Adventist Community Services, SnowCap, and P:ear.  They were all very exited to receive the donations.  I’ve decided to make this an annual event, and RCPUMC has invited me to bring the concert back as a part of their holiday series next December.  Thank you to all the musicians who performed in this recital, RCPUMC, the agencies working with homeless, and everyone who attended the concert!


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