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Poco a Poco will offer singing Christmas telegrams

Greetings will raise money for the Summer Music Fest

Poco a Poco, a five year old non-profit organization based in Streator, is hosting its first fundraiser this holiday season.

The organization is offering Christmas singing telegrams, sent virtually, for a $35 audio message with a virtual e-greeting card, or as a $75 personalized video message with a spoken message written by the sender, as well as the sender’s choice of two Christmas music selections, featuring a hand-painted backdrop.

Both the audio and video messages will be professionally recorded and sung by executive director and professional mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh.

The organization aims to reach a wide audience and spread some Christmas cheer, while creating a way for music-lovers to support Poco a Poco through a personal and meaningful gift.

Preparations are underway for the sixth annual Summer Music Fest taking place June 18-25. Proceeds will be used to continue bringing high-quality yet affordable training for high school-aged musicians as well as music events and concerts free and open to the public throughout a week-long festival.

To make your order, go to the web address: www.pocoapoco.org/telegrams

The uniquely made and specialized $75 video message option orders close at midnight Friday, Dec. 10; audio message orders will be taken through Tuesday, Dec. 21. All recordings — video and audio — will be delivered to the recipient(s)’ email inbox on Christmas Eve morning, and gifters will receive an emailed tax-deductible receipt for the 2021 tax season.

If the fundraiser is well-received, Poco a Poco hopes to offer a similar gifting option at Valentine’s Day and in future holiday seasons.

If you have any questions, reach out via the email address: pocoapocoarts@gmail.com