“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
Simply put, music brings life. And the Charlotte Chorale has brought heart to the Queen City for more than 15 years.
Founded in 2003, the Charlotte Chorale is a premier choir in Charlotte comprised of auditioned singers who wish to enrich local communities by sharing the joy of song. You may have seen one of their many shows performed throughout the year or you’ve seen them perform the National Anthem for the USO, Carowinds Opening Day, Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Checkers.
But Charlotte Chorale does more than just perform for others. Over the years local organizations have received donations from Charlotte Chorale which have included toys, books and breakfast items for Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, KinderMourn, Musical Heirs, American Red Cross, USO of North Carolina, Hospitality House of Charlotte and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Carolinas.
Their website reads, “each time we give a performance, we think that we are the ones changing lives. But then you get a smile from a hospitalized child or a soldier about to deploy or an audience member and you realize, they are changing our lives.”
But, in order to provide music to our community, the Charlotte Chorale needed a helping hand this past #GivingTuesdayCLT.
“#GivingTuesdayCLT was important to us because we were able to be part of an amazing event that highlighted nonprofits in the community like ours,” said Charlotte Chorale President Renee Downey. “It introduced our organization, and the other groups that participated, to the people of our community that might not be aware of us and what we do. This enabled the community to be informed about our mission and goals and understand how donations would be utilized should they choose to support us.”
At the #GivingTuesdayCLT event at Wells Fargo Atrium on Nov. 27, Charlotte Chorale was designated a recipient of Lowe’s Gift Cards which they immediately put to good use.
“We purchased wood, paint, brushes, drop cloths, screws, duct tape, casters and a variety of other items to build our backdrops for our Christmas concert,” Downey said. “We also purchased a large North Pole Mailbox that was in their Christmas decoration department that was used on stage. After the show, we purchased storage tubs to store our vests and scarves in for when we use them again.”
Downey enjoyed the spirit of the #GivingTuesdayCLT events.
“We enjoyed meeting the other nonprofits that were participating,” she said. “The events had an energy about them and really motivated us to keep spreading the word about #GivingTuesdayCLT.”
Photos by Jim Eisner