By Terri Spilman
The Carmel Symphony Orchestra League Annual Spring Luncheon will be held at Ritz Charles on April 8, and proceeds from the event will benefit Carmel Symphony Orchestra Educational Programs such as the recent Family Fun Day.
The luncheon is the league’s largest fundraising event of the year.
The event will kick off with a social hour at 11 a.m., and pianist Jerri Williamson will play during the lunch hour while guests dine on hot chicken salad, lemon broccoli, garden salad and a variety of three desserts served in mini glasses. Local favorite Tom Wright of The Wright Brothers band also will perform.
Raffle tickets also will be sold at the event for a chance to win beautifully themed gift baskets, other high-end items and assorted gift cards.
The Carmel Symphony Orchestra League is made up of 55 volunteers who plan fundraising events for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra such as a brunch in October to kick off the concert season as well as providing plaques and prize money for the Young Artist Competition. The league also provides refreshments for the members of the orchestra.
The community may not be aware of the fact that many of the symphony’s musicians play on a volunteer basis. According to league President Barbara Crawford, “There are some who are paid and some who are totally volunteer, and they come from all over – some of them even come from Bloomington. They are just very dedicated people and some of them have been in the orchestra for many years.”
Several members of the symphony’s staff also will be in attendance including Alan Davis, the symphony’s president and CEO.
The cost for the luncheon is $40 per person and reservations are required. Tickets can be obtained by calling Barbara Crawford at 844-9294.