Center Grove Choirs October 6 Fundraiser Helps Provide Student Scholarships

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Center Grove ChoirsGet ready to applaud. The Center Grove Choirs (CGC) is enriching the performing arts community on the southside of Indianapolis through its numerous shows throughout the year. The choir provides the community with the opportunity to see shows performed at a very high level.

On October 6, the Center Grove Choral Parents Organization is hosting a fundraiser, Encore, to raise funds for student choir scholarships. Those scholarships help students continue to succeed in the program by covering choir fees and provides a spectacular avenue for performing arts for the community. There are three types of scholarships — need-based, vocal lessons, and scholarships for students pursuing music as a career.

“We want to reach beyond our circle of normal contributors,” Jennifer Dice says, CGHS Choir Director. “We know the community enjoys our program and our shows, and so we’d like to pull them into this event specifically.”

Encore will take place at the Barns at Bay Horse Inn on October 6 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The evening—tailored to the over-21 crowd—will consist of silent and live auctions, a catered dinner, and selected entertainment. The raffles are at all different levels and price points. Guests can expect to bid on trips to different areas of the country, baskets, and a wine pool. The yearly favorite is auctioning off a performance by the Center Grove Singers Varsity Group, where they will perform at your home or event.

In years past, $10,000 has been awarded for financial assistance, which covers about 200 students. There are many different options to sponsor at the Encore event. Guests can attend for $40 a person or buy a table of eight for $300.

“It’s a great partnership between us and the community to raise funds for the students,” Dice says.

Not only does the community provide support for the choir students, but the students give back to the community as well through their professionalism and enthusiasm for the performing arts.

Each student in the program diversifies the group of eclectic performers. Students range from athletes to student leaders, to those in robotics. Being focused and driven when it comes to the choir, they want to be the best they can be. Within the program, there are many student opportunities for growth and leadership. They are encouraged to grow, work hard, and do things they haven’t done before.

“The unique thing about the Center Grove Choir program is the focus on leadership and growth. It pushes yourself to be the best you can be, and maybe more than you thought you could be,” Erin Booher says, president of the CGC Parent Organization.

The Encore fundraiser is an opportunity for the community to support the local performance venue on the southside and the students to continue to enhance and refine their skills in leadership, musicianship, and performance.

“It’s not only about the money, but it’s about the enthusiasm and partnership with the community,” Booher says. “We are looking forward to a full house.”

For more information about Encore and how to register, visit 

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