On March 26, 150 students in the Smithsburg Middle School Music Department performed to a standing-room only crowd at the Smithsburg High School auditorium to raise funds and awareness for Hospice of Washington County.
The eighth-grade chorus, festival orchestra and eighth-grade band each played three songs. The finale included the chorus, orchestra and band all performing together.
On April 20, Cheryl Brown, development director for Hospice of Washington County, attended a check presentation at Smithsburg Middle School with all 150 music department students.
"The students had so much energy and talent," Brown said. "It is so touching to see them giving back at such a young age."
Brown spoke to the group about the services that Hospice of Washington County provides and let them know that their fundraising efforts were going to The Jennifer Fund.
"Jennifer was your age when she lost her battle with lymphoma," Brown told the students. "She was just like you. She was an excellent student, had dreams of going to college and wanted to rule the world."
The Jennifer Fund was established at Hospice of Washington County in 2011 to support hospice services for pediatric patients and their families.
The group then presented Brown with a $1,500 ceremony check and Brown presented each of them with a Hospice of Washington County friendship bracelet.
For more information about how Hospice of Washington County, call 301-791-6360.