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Concert for Hope Includes Performance by Shelter Resident and Area Student Musicians

Dec 12, 2017 • by Reading Musical Foundation

Homeschooled musicians across Berks County will perform in the fourth D’Addesi Concert for Hope at Hope Rescue Mission on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM. The concert will feature recipients of the D’Addesi Family Homeschool Scholarship Fund of the Reading Musical Foundation, which provides merit and need-sensitive music scholarships to elementary aged homeschooled musicians in Berks County. The concert will also feature a resident from Hope Rescue Mission who has been taking piano lessons, volunteered by retired music educator and Music Education Advisor for RMF, Michael Buterbaugh. Participants will perform a Christmas concert for the men who live at Hope Rescue Mission at 5:00, with a reception leading up to the concert with hot chocolate and desserts beginning at 4:30 PM.

“The Reading Musical Foundation is thrilled to see young students share their gifts with those who may not hear Christmas music this year. The D’Addesi Homeschool Scholarship Fund not just rewards talented and hardworking young people, but teaches them how to be generous,” said Keri Shultz, President of Reading Musical Foundation. “Additionally, this new element of giving music lessons to a deserving resident at Hope Rescue Mission truly encompasses the spirit of the season. Mike volunteered to do this on his own, and the gesture made all of our hearts swell. I’m looking forward to hearing him perform at the concert.”

The D’Addesi Family Homeschool Scholarship Fund was established by the Dr. Leonard and Carla D’Addesi in 2013 to provide music scholarship opportunities to homeschool families in Berks County. A blended scholarship program, the fund offers merit and need-sensitive awards for elementary school instrumentalists. The Reading Musical Foundation manages the scholarship, hosting annual auditions each spring and reviewing need-sensitive requests throughout the year. Last year, the program awarded one merit award for piano, one merit award for violin and one need-sensitive award for piano. Designed into the scholarship fund is a request that students share their gifts for a charitable purpose like the D’Addesi Concert for Hope. It is the hope and desire of the D’Addesi Family that recipients carry on the spirit of giving, in whatever form students are able.

Over 80 years old, RMF is a public charity that provides financial support for music presenters in Berks County, music scholarships by audition and in response to financial need, and extensive music outreach, including programs in most of Berks County’s public and parochial schools.  RMF is governed by a self-perpetuating board of volunteer trustees and is administered by two full-time employees.

In an effort to provide a place where homeless men can come to find relief from life on the streets, Hope Rescue Mission provides food, clothing and shelter to meet the physical needs of each of the men who come to the shelter. Hope Rescue Mission connects their clients with other human service agencies to get the help they need to find release from addiction, mental health problems and chronic joblessness. Another key area of the organization is offering guidance to assure that their commitments of faith are grounded as they turn from the despair in which they find themselves to rely upon the truth of the Gospel.

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