Serendipity Presents Donation to JPS PROMISE Fund

Members of the singing group, Serendipity, recently presented a donation of $1,490 from a recent concert to the Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund. Serendipity members: Leslie Hallock, Gail Grundstrom, Carolyn Whitehead, Sue Huther, Lissa VanDewark, Cyndi Lorenc, Melanie Gritters and Laura Hotchkiss formed Serendipity in 2009 when eight female vocalists decided to celebrate their musical friendship by singing in the a’capella style – pure vocal without any musical accompaniment.

Serendipity is in its seventh season of sharing the joy of music with the community. Their programs include sacred, secular, folk, pop and gospel pieces. Instead of selling tickets to their events, the group asks for a free will offering at each concert. A substantial portion of donations from each concert goes to a community agency or program of the group’s choosing.

“Since the majority of the members of Serendipity are, or have been, teachers who recognize the significance of music and art education for students of all ages, we chose the PROMISE fund as this year’s recipient,” said Ms. Hallock.

The Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund (JSPF) assists in funding projects and programs, not supported by tax dollars, by marshaling community resources and alumni to support our students, teachers and schools. The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) hosts JSPF making all donations tax-deductible.

“The PROMISE fund board is very grateful to Serendipity for their recognition of our mission and for the confidence they have placed in us to help our students and school system thrive in challenging times,” said Dr. Lillian Ney, JPS PROMISE Fund president. “The beautiful and elegant musical program that they presented, of which the PROMISE fund was designated as the recipient, serves as a symbol of our commitment to the holistic development of well-rounded students, with music and arts being one of the prominent components.”

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