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Swing Music Fundraiser Earns More Than $4,500 for Local Charity

(Left to right): Stardust director Andrew Filippone; Michael Stefanelli, Michael Haus and Shruti Gupta of ToastMasters; Grow-A-Row founder Chip Paillex with the $4,560 check from Saturday's event. Credits: S

Stardust Big Band performed popular hits from the 1940s to a packed house at Drew University on Saturday. This fundraiser event raised more than $4,500 for America’s Grow-A-Row, a volunteer-based organization that provides fresh produce to the hungry. 

Stardust, a 16-piece jazz ensemble featuring Madison’s own Andrew Filippone on trumpet, performed the some of swing era’s best-known hits, including “In the Mood,” “Take the A Train,” “Chatanooga Choo Choo” along with several show tunes and the 1970s hit “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione. The two-hour performance concluded with a standing ovation.

In attendance was the Pittstown charity’s founder Chip Paillex, who shared with the audience how Grow-A-Row’s farm and network meets critical needs to help individuals in local communities and provide nutritional education.

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Local ToastMasters club members introduced each song throughout the program, presented by the Stardust Music Society of NJ. 

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