Immaculata University and Valley Forge Educational Services Hold “A Special Concert for Special Children”

Immaculata University (IU) and Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES) will co-host "A Special Concert for Special Children," to benefit VFES on Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumnae Hall on the University´s campus. Also in Alumnae Hall that evening will be displays that are part of Immaculata´s Art Show, allowing guests to view and purchase fine art. The concert, conducted by Philadelphia´s Rosalind Erwin, will feature Rich Ridenour on piano and Brandon Ridenour on trumpet, accompanied by a 42-piece orchestra, playing beloved classics and pops music. The program, arranged with help from C&K Artists, includes audience participation and a special musical appearance by a student from VFES´ Vanguard School, who will join in a performance with Rich Ridenour. Two other students will perform in the lobby before the concert.
Proceeds from the concert will go toward VFES´ programs for children with autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. The event will benefit specific initiatives such as an environmental learning and vocational skills program for at-risk youth and programming for educational extracurricular activities.
VFES recently increased its programming and services to provide a greater outreach to families, children, and professionals. To celebrate these enhanced offerings, VFES decided to host a musical event at Immaculata University. Theresa Grentz, vice president for institutional advancement at Immaculata, was enthusiastic from the outset about partnering with VFES, especially because the two organizations´ missions are focused on education. "It is our hope that this is the beginning of a lasting partnership," said Mario Dickerson, VFES chief advancement officer, "and we are grateful to the University for their innovative vision to realize the value of a partnership like this."
"We are delighted to partner with this prestigious university and to co-host VFES´ benefit concert at Alumnae Hall," said Osborne Abbey, VFES CEO. "Sharing IU´s 2011 Art Show with our concert attendees is a wonderful opportunity to make this a true evening of the visual and performing arts."
Event sponsors will be invited to a private reception before the concert with the conductor and soloists. For more information about sponsorships or to purchase tickets, please visit www.vfes.net or contact Mario Dickerson at mdickerson@vfes.net.
Valley Forge Educational Services offers a wide variety of educational services focused on guiding learners to independence. To learn more about Valley Forge Educational Services, please visit www.vfes.net.
Immaculata University, a Catholic comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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