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Supporting The Storehouse of Collin County
May 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am
THE ARTS FOUNDATION OF ST. ANDREW PRESENTS
A ONE-HOUR-LIVESTREAMED CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE STOREHOUSE OF COLLIN COUNTY
PLANO, TEXAS – Store – The Arts Foundation of St. Andrew (AFSA) will host a livestream-only benefit concert featuring local artists on North Texas Giving Tuesday Now, Tuesday, May 5 at 10 a.m., to benefit St. Andrew United Methodist Church’s mission partner, The Storehouse of Collin County. Launched in the fall of 2019, the Arts Foundation is dedicated to enriching spirituality through the power of the arts.
“With all that is happening related to the pandemic, we wanted to do something to help St. Andrew’s mission partner, The Storehouse of Collin County, as well as area artists struggling through this challenging time,” said Dr. Jonathan Gregoire, Arts Foundation Executive Director. “The Storehouse has seen more than a 100 percent increase in neighbors needing food and relies on funding to purchase items from the North Texas Food Bank. This telethon-style fundraiser is designed to help The Storehouse serve an increasing number of neighbors in need.”
Through this event, the Arts Foundation is financially supporting these St. Andrew collaborators and local artists performing in the following order: Imperial Brass; Chris Widomski, saxophone; Ladies Liberty Show Troupe; Yumiko Endo Schlaffer, harp; Kaylyn Wilson, soprano; Noah Bales, tenor; Michael Agnew, spoken word; Megan Koch, soprano; Lucik Aprahamian, mezzo-soprano; and Martha Walvoord, violin. Additionally, Krista Miller, a visual artist, will paint a custom piece live to be auctioned at the conclusion to also benefit The Storehouse.
To watch the concert, utilize either of these broadcast points: https://www.standrewumc.org/arts or https://www.facebook.com/ArtsFoundationSA/live . To donate to The Storehouse through this event, visit https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/AFSA-benefit-concert.
In addition to Dr. Gregoire, event hosts include Candace Winslow, executive director, The Storehouse of Collin County; St. Andrew Senior Pastor Robert Hasley; and St. Andrew Senior Associate Pastor Arthur Jones.
“We so appreciate the initiative and creativity of the Arts Foundation of St. Andrew for coordinating this important and entertaining event to nourish our neighbors – both in body and spirit,” said Candace Winslow, executive director, The Storehouse. “What food banks and food pantries are experiencing now on a national level is unprecedented. During natural disasters and other emergencies, there is the option of relying on other areas for support, but during COVID-19, there is hunger everywhere, and people are hungry every day. We anticipate that even after the veil of Covid-19 is lifted, The Storehouse has reached a new normal of service that will continue for an undetermined period as families struggle to get back on their feet. This “echo crisis” will be evident among many nonprofits serving on the frontlines.”
The Arts Foundation offers a variety of concerts and special events throughout the year, supports local upcoming talent in the music community, and provides a discounted rate for area schools to utilize the sanctuary as a performance venue. In addition to performing, literary, and visual arts, the arts foundation promotes arts education and community arts. Visit https://www.standrewumc.org/arts or https://www.facebook.com/ArtsFoundationSA
“This idea has evolved into something so beautiful, and we encourage the community to join us in helping The Storehouse feed our neighbors in need,” added Gregoire. “Please remember that no gift is too small – just one dollar will provide three meals to a hungry North Texan.”