By Rick Morwick
For the second consecutive year, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir is combining singing and fundraising with a marathon event that can reach audiences right in their living rooms – or wherever they have a computer screen.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 22, the ICC will conduct its second Sing-A-Thon, a 12-hour performance showcasing more than 1,000 age-group choirs at Butler University’s Shelton Auditorium. The show also will be livestreamed via the ICC’s website and Facebook page.
“Someone who maybe doesn’t know a lot about us has an opportunity to learn a little bit more about us,” said ICC Artistic Director Josh Pedde, a Carmel resident. “It’s also a great way for family members who are not in the area, maybe an aunt or an uncle, to see a niece or nephew sing that they may not normally be able to.
“Or, grandparents down in Florida or somewhere can see a grandchild sing, so it’s a great opportunity for the community outside of Indianapolis to be involved.”
A fundraiser for the ICC, the Sing-A-Thon features singers in grades K through 12 who will perform, by age group, in increments of approximately one-hour. Many of the singers have formed fundraising teams to solicit pledges. The public also can donate and is invited to form fundraising teams.
Last year’s inaugural Sing-A-Thon raised $26,000 for ICC programs and outreach initiatives. This year’s goal is $35,000.
“It’s a great way for our choirs to get involved in fundraising for the Children’s Choir,” Pedde said. “It’s a great way to get our younger singers involved with that, and it’s a great way to get them started on that whole philanthropic road of thinking about raising money and giving money to organizations that they really care about.”
For livestream information or to donate, visit icchoir.org.