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February 10, 2012

Your Opinion: February 9, 2012

FOMA says thanks

Thank you very much to the numerous supporters of the Friends of CCS Music and Art who came out to hear the many students and community members share their talents with us at Cabaret Night last Friday.

This event would not have been possible without the dedication of the staff at the Cooperstown Elementary, Middle and High Schools and the donations from the community.

FOMA is a booster club for the arts in education at CCS and we appreciate all the assistance of the music and fine arts staff. Sal Salvaggio, Tim Iversen and Peter Daum encouraged and prepared their student performers, and orchestrated the staging. The cafeteria was decorated with artwork of Kristin Karasek’s and Jill Accordino’s students.

Thank you to all of the performers: Elementary School Showcase, Maria Noto, Paige Cring, Rachel Carpenter, Not All Blues, The Ducey Band, Mary Iversen, Robert Iversen, Andrew Kaplan, Julia Robinson, Jr. High Jazz band, Lindsay Brown, Taylor Bayes, Harmonia, Jack Lowenguth, Meghan Vann, Joey Katz, Francois, Emilio and a Dog, Julien Miller, Chris Harloff, King Kwan, High School Jazz band, Molly Mooney, Jasmine Martinez, Abby Wilcox, Toby Wilcox, Spencer Vann, Liz Olmstead, Ali Davine, Jolie Gagnon, Sapphire Goughlin, Lakeisha Barletta, Sam Fanion, Casey Carr, Lindsay Rathbun, Alex Russo, Olivia Leinhart, Caroline Gozigan, Haley Hohensee, Goats with Narcolepsy, Gonzo the band.

Thanks go to FOMA Co- President Holly Hren for setting the stage with her wonderful painted backdrop and organizing the donations of food and raffle items; to Mark LaValley who once again provided and operated the sound equipment; a special thanks to Teresa Drerup FOMA Treasurer for coordinating all of the volunteers. A heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers, who baked desserts, worked in the kitchen, sold tickets, handled the raffle table and cleaned the dishes too. A special nod of gratitude goes to David Pearlman and the Leo Club for all of their assistance in clearing the tables and creating space for the diners and audience members.

We had a wonderful raffle with items donated by: The Alpern Foundation, Glimmerglass Festival, Golden Paints, Mary Nolan, Mikal Sky-Shrewsberry, Sam and Hilda Wilcox, NYSHA, Erika Idelson. Thank you to the area businesses who provided food donations and essential support: BJ’s Wholesale Club, Cooperstown General Store, Fly Creek Cider Mill, Hannaford, Heller’s Farm, Price Chopper, Schneider’s Bakery, Stewart’s Shops, TOPS and Walmart

Thank you to our core volunteers who meet monthly and made it all happen, including Teresa Drerup, Holly Hren, John Saphier, Annie Stewart, Tamara Iversen and Nancy Tarr.

Thank you again for all of your hard work. This was truly an event where the community came together to celebrate art, music and good fun!

Nancy Tarr

Friends of CCS Music and Art

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