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UCF thanks those who 'keep the music playing'

To the editor:

The United Church of Fayetteville was grateful to be able to provide a setting to "Keep the Music Playing" as part of our historic commitment to the value of music and arts to the spiritual life of all people. Generous area musicians (Loren Barrigar, John Cadley, Paul Fey, Joanne Perry, Jeffery Pepper Rodgers, John Price, Kevin Roe and Cathy Wenthen) donated their talent to what became a festival-like evening of great music, camaraderie and enjoyment for an audience of nearly 250 on Feb. 26. Our "Keep the Music Playing" benefit for the Syracuse Symphony was presented through the auspices of our ongoing musical offering, Steeple Coffeehouse. Many of these musicians, as well as others, play at the coffeehouse throughout the year.

The musicians, audience, generous support of local small businesses (Encore Shop, The Art Store, R Clark Goodwin, Johnny Appleseed Farm, Falso, Schepp Funeral Homes, John Callahan, Thomas Flanagan and Vincent Smith, Kellish Hill Music Farm, Mackenzie Hughes, Firm Insurance Company, James G. Monaco, Dosa Grill, Fair World Marketplace, musicians who also donated a portion of their CD sales to the SSO) and UCF church members - especially Cindy Burke, Gloria Manuel, Janet Press and John Price, who provided the organization, communication, donations to a silent auction and thousands of food treats for attendees - and the much appreciated participation of the news and communication media are, in combination, responsible for the success of this endeavor. Together, these many efforts, organized in just three weeks, contributed to our congregation's "flash benefit," which raised more than $5,000 for the SSO to "Keep the Music Playing."

UCF has been part of the Fayetteville-Manlius community and connected to the wider Syracuse Community for 200 years and looks forward to a long future of involvement in a full range of social issues (justice, spiritual care, education, reconciliation, hunger and the arts) that promotes healthy bodies and spirits, leading to a whole and sustainable community for us all.

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