For the 2015-2016 season, the DCC partnered with the Harford County Center for the Arts (CFA) to assist in their quest to build a Center for the Arts in Harford County. In support of that organization, DCC member Suzanne Zantop danced in the CFA Dancing for the Arts Gala and raised $6500 in pledges from family, friends, and DCC supporters. She also lead Dancing with the Ghosts tours of haunted Havre de Grace to raise funds for the CFA cause. Lynn and Chris Moore danced at the Gala as well, and also hosted gourmet dinners, raising a total of $8600 for the Center. Chorister Colleen Case participated as a “judge” for the Gala at the Saturday matinee. Pete McCallum and Meredith Leroy organized a restaurant night at the Greene Turtle restaurant in Bel Air, and proceeds from that evening went to the CFA as well. Our thanks to those folks who led the fundraising efforts, as well as to all the choristers and their families and friends who pledged, donated, purchased tickets, attended, assisted with, or ate at any of the various Center for the Arts fundraising activities!
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna
Our 2014-2015 season brought giving globally right back home to Harford County. We helped to build a home for the Deriemaeker family, active members of the Harford County community. Members of the DCC enjoyed the opportunity to meet the family when they attended one of our rehearsals and then again when we hosted them at our “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” concert.
The DCC initiated several efforts to benefit the cause. In March, an Invitational A Cappella Festival was held on their behalf. In April 2015, DCC members and friends participated in a Build Day, working on-site on the actual construction of the home itself. Our May concert also offered an opportunity to raise funds for the cause.
At the conclusion of the season, in addition to our labor on the house, the DCC was delighted to be able to donate $2500 to Habitat for Humanity on their behalf. The formal presentation occurred on Friday, June 26th at the 210 Franklin Street, Bel Air home site.
Our Build Home!
Our Project Manager
Presenting the Check
The Afternoon Crew
Concert to Support Mpala
MPALA– During the 2013-2014 concert season, the DCC partnered with the Mpala Foundation and Research Centre in Kenya and raised $12,000.00 for the George Small Educational Fund. Read about this amazing project in the recent edition of the Mpala Newsletter, “Singing for Conservation.”
Harford House Director, Joyce Duffy
Harford Family House During the 2012-2013 concert season, the DCC has partnered with the Harford Family House, the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Joyce Duffy, their goal is to end homelessness in Harford County, one family at a time. The DCC brought holiday cheer to the families in the program – providing gifts for over 80 clients.
Project C.U.R.E for Kids Boxes
Project C.U.R.E. During the 2011-2012 season, the DCC partnered with Project C.U.R.E. and collected over 600 boxes for the C.U.R.E. Kits for Kids program. Working with pediatricians and nurses, PROJECT C.U.R.E.’s Kits for Kids provides parents in developing nations with everything they need to help treat their child’s symptoms and illnesses. This small but powerful package contains items such as soap, hand sanitizer, pain reliever, adhesive bandages, and bug bite lotion.
Johns Hopkins Camp Sunrise Kids
Johns Hopkins Camp Sunrise During the 2010-2011 concert season, the DCC partnered with Johns Hopkins Camp Sunrise to provide camperships for 5 children with childhood cancer. Camp Sunrise is maintained and sponsored by Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Division of Pediatric Oncology with 100 or more patient campers. Camp Sunrise is a week-long summer camp held in early August in Maryland, for children who have been diagnosed with or have survived cancer.
Central Asia Institute Project
Central Asia Institute – In 2008, Martha Banghart met with Greg Mortenson, Director of the Central Asia Institute (CAI) and author of the famed “Three Cups of Tea,” to discuss her vision for a benefit concert to build a school in the war-torn of Pakistan. He enthusiastically supported Marty’s vision and the Inscription of Hope Benefit Concert was created. The Result – The Inscription of Hope Concert raised $46,000. The DCC donated $30,000 to the Central Asia Institute-enough to build a school and run it for five years. The balance was used for associated concert costs and musical scholarships for young DCC members.