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Singers raise money this Valentine's Day for programs at high school

Singers raise money this Valentine's Day for programs at high school

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MATTOON – Singing telegrams are a rarity these days, but a local singing group will offer special deliveries again this Valentine's Day to raise money for vocal music programs at area high schools.

Quartets from the Coles County Barbershop Chorus will travel throughout the Charleston/Mattoon area Friday, February 14 to sing for the woman—or man—of your choice. The quartets sing romantic classics like "Heart of My Heart," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," and others. They also present sweethearts with a box of candy, a unique card, and a picture of the event.

"Valentine's Day takes on a special meaning when people receive a greeting in song," says Tom Woodall, co-director and founding member of the 44-year-old chorus.

If there is someone you would like to send a special Valentine's greeting—whether at home, at work, in a retirement or nursing facility, in a hospital or convalescent center, or a favorite restaurant—you can order online at www.ColesCountyChorus.com, or contact Les Heath at 217-549-8715.

The cost is $35. Proceeds are donated to high school vocal music programs. Last year, over $2,000 was awarded to nine area schools.

The next public performance of the Coles County Barbershop Chorus is its 19th annual Lenten Benefit Concert, at 4p.m. on March 23 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston. Admission is free. A free will offering will be collected, all of which is donated to area food pantries and homeless abuse shelters.

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