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Willow Grove Church in Scotch Plains Hosts 10th Annual International Concert/Dinner on March 5 Benefits Community FoodBank of NJ and Refugee Resettlement

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The Music from China Youth Orchestra is among many performing artists at the International Concert and Dinner Benefit Event on Saturday March 5 at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church. Credits: Cassandra Segulin
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Willow Grove Presbyterian Church
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Community members are invited to join Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains at the 10th Annual International Concert and Dinner on Saturday, March 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

To celebrate this special anniversary there will be a free concert of vocal and instrumental music from China, a piano solo, and Irish dancing. Tickets for the International Dinner will raise money for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and to Church World Service in Jersey City for refugee resettlement.

The evening begins with performances by the Music From China Youth Orchestra and the Chinese American Music Ensemble (CAME) Adult and Children’s Choruses. The Youth Orchestra musicians perform on authentic Chinese instruments. CAME, which seeks to enrich and broaden cultural horizons through music training, is the only program in New Jersey that offers choral music training for children and adults at the same time and place.

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Paul DiDario, who holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the Juilliard School, will perform a classical piano solo.  An internationally acclaimed pianist and the Music Director for Willow Grove Church, he is also the executive director of the Long Hill Music Center in Madison and on the private music faculty of the Farbrook School in Short Hills.

Lastly, dancers from the Marie Moore School of Irish Dancing in Scotch Plains will perform. Students from this school have appeared on national TV, at Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall, on Broadway, and in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

Immediately following the performing arts program, the International Dinner will feature an array of cuisines, including Italian, Chinese, Greek, German, Korean, Scottish, Irish, English, West Indian, Hispanic, and Polish. Members and friends of Willow Grove Church share their ethnic specialties.

Admission to the International Concert is free. Tickets for the International Dinner following the concert are $14 for adults and teens and $7 for children 6 to 12, with a family maximum of $36. Children under age 6 are free. To guarantee a seat at the dinner, please purchase a ticket in advance.  Tickets will only be available at the door if not already sold out. Tickets are available for sale by calling the Willow Grove Church office at 908-232-5678, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Funds raised are given to the Community FoodBank of NJ (CFBNJ) and Church World Service-Jersey City. CFBNJ distributes 43 million pounds of food per year to more than 1,000 non-profit programs, feeding 900,000 hungry people in 18 New Jersey counties. Each dollar CFBNJ receives results in at least $8 in groceries for families in need.

Church World Service-Jersey City is a federally designated agency to resettle refugees. CWS staff and volunteers greet incoming families at the airport, arrange housing, and help to establish basic needs like housing, furniture, clothing, food and transportation to medical appointments to give resettling families a foundation on which to build more permanent solutions. The CWS-Jersey City office also provides English as a second language instruction, school registration, job and cultural orientation, and skills training.

The International Dinner and Concert will be held at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, 1961 Raritan Road, opposite the Scotch Plains Southside Firehouse. Church facilities are handicap-accessible and there is ample on-site parking. More information can be found at www.willowgrovechurch.org.

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