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PAGE 8 POST-GAZE'I E,'APRIL 21; 2017 NEMPAC Raises Over $11,000 for Children's Music Scholarships at the 2017 Guitar student Dinero Jelley and NEMPAC Faculty Caio Afuine. Standing room only audience.. Lisa Ayres, NEMPAC student performer. NEMPAC held it annual student Perform-a-thon benefit for Children's Music Scholarships on April 8~, at the Boston Public Market, raising $11,220 for the 2017- 18 Scholarship Fund over the course of the month-long "Pledge Me" Campaign and at the event itself. NEMPAC students and faculty joined together present a four-hour show, including highlight performances from the Eliot Band Music Ensemble, the Youth Improv Class, and a fun interactive demonstration NEMPAC Ex. Director Sherri Snow awards prize winner Catherine Lamb for collecting 3"d place in pledges. from the Drum & Sing class and instructor Susan Davies. Due to the overwhelming amount of participation, the event even carried on to last almost five hours! With many student and instructor collaborations, student duets, songs, skits, and even a choreographed number here and there, the day was filled with music, food, and community celebration in honor of a great cause! NEMPAC would especially like to thank the many individuals who made this event possible. "We are grateful for the many parents, friends and community members who came together to support this treasured annual fundraiser[ It was such a joy to see our students performing to support their peers who receive financial assistance through the NEMPAC music scholarship program. We look forward to keeping this tradition alive and cannot wait for our 2018 Perform-a-thon next year!" -- Sherri Snow, Executive Director of NEMPAC NEMPAC instructor leads Drum & Sing class demo with families. Riley Bartlett sings to audience. Friends would like to publicly thank their Chair Person, Judith Ives, and her volunteers for a splendid evening. The Friends of the North End Library have many events from author talks to a garden tour planned over the next few months. New members are always welcome. For membership information or to make a donation, see their webpage,, contact them at, or drop by the library! Wow[ What a Party! The Friends of the North End Branch Library recently held a Spring Fundraiser at Lucia's. The annual event was planned as a casual get together for a fun evening. With lively music, a plentiful buffet, and many raffle prizes including a 50/50 drawing, the overflowing crowd had a great time. State Representative Aaron Michlewicz attended to wish the Friends well and to compliment them on the fine work they are doing at the library. During the evening, Dave Vieira from the Citywide Friends Group announced a $500 grant to the North End Friends Group for continuing to promote neighborhood library events. Jennifer Hawes, the gifted Children's Librarian, was introduced as the North End Library's new Head Librarian. Attendees enthusiastically received this news. Hawes then presented an award to Jannelle Richardson, a dedicated and creative library volunteer, in appreciation for her many years of teaching chess to the neighborhood children. All in all, the event was a great success. The (Photos by Matt Conti)