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Voices raised in song raise funds for Hawks

March 27, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • The Heavenly Harmony octet sings Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown during a concert to benefit the Hagerstown Comunity College Hawk Booster Club.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — A group that raises money for scholarships for Hagerstown Community College students has relied on bonanzas and sporting events in the past to raise revenue.

For the first time Sunday, the group turned to the talent of local musicians to raise money.

Set in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 101 S. Prospect St., 14 singers and groups offered an afternoon of music Sunday to benefit the Hagerstown Community College Hawk Booster Club.

The organization gives out more than $100,000 in scholarships annually to students in 14 sports, said William B. McKinley, president of the club.

The scholarships are awarded to full-time Hagerstown Community College students, McKinley said. Coaches decide who gets the monies, McKinley said.

McKinley’s son, David McKinley, was one of Sunday’s performers and William McKinley said his son has friends who also are musicians.

“I came up with this idea that people would really like to hear them sing,” the senior McKinley said during an intermission at Sunday’s concert.

Although William McKinley did not have an exact attendance figure Sunday, he estimated a couple hundred people were there. Tickets cost $10 each.

McKinley thanked the musicians who performed free and the church for allowing such a “beautiful setting” for the concert.

The concert featured soloists such as Suanne Eckel, Nikki Perini and Jeff Clise, and groups such as Heavenly Harmony and The Kings and I trio.

“It’s great,” Hagerstown resident Jim Smith said after the first half of the show. Smith said he had three children who went to the former Hagerstown Junior College, and his wife had one student who went to the school.

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