Heartland Singers raise money for charity

November 30, 2018

The spirit of Christmas will abound on Sunday as the Heartland Singers present a concert of Christmas music that will raise money for the Goodfellow Shoe Fund.

The singers have selected the local charitable organization so the money raised will stay local.

“It’s just a way for us to give back to the community,” said Heartland Singers President Michael Douty. “There will be a donation box at the door.”

Goodfellow has been in the community for 71 years.

“It started after World War II,” said Goodfellow President Paulette Stefka. “It has grown significantly.”

Last year the organization purchased 531 pairs of shoes for 171 families, she said, at a cost of slightly over $30,000.

Although fundraising goes on throughout the year, the Goodfellow Giving Month goes from the day after Thanksgiving through Dec. 24.

“We would hope to raise enough to at least meet the cost of the shoes,” Stefka said. “Our target throughout the year is a little bit over $30,000.”

Stefka said Goodfellow is entirely a volunteer organization, so the costs to run the charity are minimal.

“If by some chance we raise extra, it goes to the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation,” Stefka said. “That way, if we are short in any one year, we can turn to that fund.”

The organization serves all of Lincoln County, and there are several locations where folks can donate either money or socks.

“We give two pair of socks with each pair of shoes,” Stefka said. “In the past two years, we have had enough socks donated we have not had to purchase those.”

There is a box and a giving tree at Gary’s Super Foods in Westfield and 22 businesses in Lincoln County that have a red can where donations can be made.

“We have many donations that are given in memory of or in honor of parents or children,” Stefka said.

Also, people can give Goodfellow donations of money or socks at Great Western Bank.

The concert Sunday will begin at 3 p.m. at the Neville Center for the Performing Arts, 301 E Fifth St.

Douty said the theme of the concert is from Charlie Brown: “Christmastime Is Here.”

The Heartland Singers will perform both sacred and secular music, including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Wishing You a Merry Christmas Medley,” and “Still, Still, Still,” which has a different accompaniment than the traditional music, Douty said.

This is the Singers’ first concert of the year. The second will be in March, Douty said, and auditions will be scheduled beforehand.

Douty said the Heartland Singers website, heartlandsingernp.org, or its Facebook page will have the necessary information for the auditions.

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