DOVER -- A new fundraiser will feature performances from local musician Colby Dix and music teacher Andy Davis along with the Dover School chorus.
"We want everyone to come and enjoy it," said Jennifer Tallini, a volunteer in the Dover School Club, which raises money to assist with costs associated with school activities and events.
On Sunday, "Joyful Noise" will be hosted by the club at the Dover Town Hall. It begins at 2 p.m. and is expected to run until 5 p.m. Admission is by donation and there is no minimum.
The School Club helps pay for field trips and t-shirts for soccer teams. Scholarships are offered to students who may not be able to afford a field trip or the ski program. Rentals such as the equipment necessary for Tie Dye Day and the rock wall for Field Day are also paid for by the club.
"Whatever it is that bubbles up, we keep a chunk of money aside," said Tallini. "These types of things benefit our children through the year. We keep a fund there to support those things."
Recently, the club chipped in with purchasing new playground equipment scheduled to be installed when the ground thaws. Although the majority of the funds came from another donor, the additional funds made it possible to buy the School Board's preferred choice.
In the past, the School Club held fundraisers where garden seed was sold in the spring. This concert will replace that.
"We try to change our fundraisers each year," Tallini said. "I believe this will be a bigger success money wise."
The idea for "Joyful Noise" began with a vision from one of the club's leaders, Bodil Morse. She thought that with all the families enjoying the music of Dix and the school's music program, a combined concert would make for a unique fundraiser.
Dix and Davis agreed to volunteer their time for the cause and at least 20 businesses have donated prizes for raffles. All of the proceeds will go to the Dover School Club.
Food will be donated by Nonna's Italian Restaurant and TC's Family Restaurant while the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club has given the club permission to use its popcorn machine.
According to Tallini, the event kept growing as members of the club planned it.
"Between the food donations and the actual prizes, it's been very cool. We just need to make sure we get a big turnout," she added.
In preparation, students have made containers to put raffle items inside while Davis and Dix discussed the music that will be performed. Tallini told the Reformer it was possible that all the musicians may collaborate together at some point during the concert.
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