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Concert planned to benefit Honor Flight

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

A concert to benefit Honor Flight Northeast Indiana has been planned this month.

The concert titled “Bells On Broadway” will be at 4 p.m. May 20 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Guilford St. in Huntington.

It is to raise funds for Honor Flight that is a 501 non-profit organization formed in 2008.

The organization’s mission is to send veterans of Northeast Indiana on an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor.

Trinity United Director of Worship Arts Ministry Greg Otis said it is the third year the church has had a fundraiser for the Honor Flight organization.

“There are a lot of fundraisers for the the organization, and the need is great,” Otis said.

He said he wants those who attend to gain a better sense of Honor Flight’s mission. The vocal ensemble “Musiclectics” which gave the January 2018 “Evensong” concert at the church is the feature of the this month’s concert.

They are a group of eight singers and a pianist who perform music including classical, folk, gospel, seasonal, jazz, country and Broadway. Members are from Markle, Warren, Decatur, Craigville, Poneta and Bluffton. They will perform a patriotic melody. Members include Vickie Kibellus, Damon Smith, Otto Lowe, Carla and Kurt Alspaugh, Jan and Clay Smith, Tabitha Schwyn and Chelsea Smith.

The Trinity Handbell Ensemble and Chancel Choir and several vocalists and instrumentalists will perform songs from Broadway and songs from the 1940s and ’50s.

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Fundraising and Special Event Coordinator Adam Brouwer will provide an update on the organization and a freewill offering will be received to assist the program.

Brouwer moved to Fort Wayne and is a former member of Trinity church.

Rev. Steve McPeek said the church wants to show its support for those who have served.

“We want to make sure they are able to go and see these memorials and monuments that honor them,” McPeek said.

He said he wants the community to know the church appreciates those who have served and that God is honored in their service.