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‘Orchestras Feeding Delaware’ Community Event Set for April 19
Central Ohio Symphony, Ohio Wesleyan University Collaborate to Benefit People in Need, Inc.

April 10, 2009

Logo courtesy of Central Ohio Symphony
Logo courtesy of People in Need, Inc.
DELAWARE, OH – The Central Ohio Symphony and Ohio Wesleyan University are creating “Orchestras Feeding Delaware,” a community event to collect food and critically needed items for People In Need, Inc.—a family service agency that provides emergency aid to Delaware County residents.

The special event will be held at on Sunday, April 19, in Ohio Wesleyan’s Branch Rickey Arena, 105 S. Sandusky St.  Starting at 6:30 p.m., representatives from area nonprofit agencies will participate in a community service fair at the event. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

There is no admission charge, but each listener is asked to bring canned or boxed food items or personal products to benefit People In Need, Inc. (A list of the organization’s most requested items is included below.)

Warren Hyer, executive director of the Central Ohio Symphony, has invited area high school orchestras to join in what he hopes will be “Ohio’s largest orchestra.”

The Central Ohio Symphony will first perform selections from the “Star Wars Suite” and “West Side Story.” Area high schools orchestras will then join in to perform Bizet’s “Farandole”and the “Ode to Joy”from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (declared by the United Nations as the official music of world unity and peace).

The idea for this event grew from the recent “Orchestras Feeding America National Food Drive,” which was inspired by the soon-to-be-released major film “The Soloist”, which is based on the true story about a gifted musician found living homeless in Los Angeles.

Kevin Crowley, executive director of People In Need, said the concert’s contributions will remain in Delaware to help local residents.

“Although more than 80 percent of our clients are employed or have a steady income, they have been unable to support their families due to an unexpected emergency, illness or job loss,” Crowley said. “More than 5,200 Delaware County residents were helped in 2008, and this number is expected to rise dramatically in 2009 because of the economic downturn.”

For 30 years, the Central Ohio Symphony has served the central Ohio community and helped to make Delaware one of Ohio’s “Best Hometowns” with its contributions to education, cultural enrichment, and economic development. The Symphony has been conducted for seven seasons by Jaime Morales-Matos. For more information about the Central Ohio Symphony visit www.centralohiosymphony.org.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.

Food and Taxable Items Most Needed by People in Need
Bar Soap *Boxed Dinners such as Hamburger/Tuna Helper Cake and Frosting Mixes
*Canned Fruit Canned Fruit Juices *Canned Meats/Fish
Canned Vegetables *Canned Pasta Cereal – cooked/dry
Coffee – instant/perked Cooking oil/shortening Diapers/Wipes
Crackers: Saltine & Graham Dish Soap Dry Milk
*Feminine Hygiene Products Hot Chocolate: instant/mix *Jell-O
*Jelly Kleenex Laundry Detergent
*Macaroni & Cheese Muffin Mixes Noodles/Macaroni
Pancake Mix – complete Paper Towels *Peanut Butter
Potatoes – boxed/instant Powered Milk Pudding mixes
*Razors *Shampoo *Shaving Cream
Spaghetti Sauce Soup Sugar
Syrup Tea bags Tissues
Toilet Paper *Toothbrushes *Toothpaste