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FOM fundraiser on tap

By Staff | Mar 18, 2011

Friends of Music is once again bringing back the nostalgia of the big band era and this time it’s on Broadway.

The 4th annual Tuxedo Junction plans are well underway for the evening of Friday, May 6 at the historic Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown.

Since premiering in 2008, Tuxedo Junction – a one of a kind evening of elegance, dining, dancing and great times – has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the students of music at Shepherd University.

This year the Bavarian Inn will become the musical and culinary scene of Broadway, featuring works from “My Fair Lady,” “Sound of Music,” “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific,” “Phantom of the Opera” and other great moments in theatre history.

The acclaimed Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Curtis Adams, will perform the legendary favorites. Culinary stations, in keeping with these legends and other unique twists and surprises, are in the works. A silent auction will add to the fun offering exciting “places to go and things to do.”

The TJ 2011 planning committee is chaired by Valerie Smith and includes Dan Anderson, Alan Gibson, Betty Lou Bryant, Scotty Turner, Many Ann Hammann, Heather Marshall, Helen and Jack Saum, Monica and Bill Bowen, Linda and Jim Walker, Sandy Sponaugle, Lisa Oswald, Joanna Moomaw, Cindy Schott, Ann Wayt, Alice Barkus, Dolores Lowe, Sue Kennedy and FOM President Neal Barkus.

“Music is our universal language,” Smith said in a press release. “For years, Friends of Music has been bringing world-class performances to the world through the talent and tireless efforts of Dr. Mark McCoy and the Shepherd University Department of Music. With every scholarship it awards, with every instrument it buys, every teacher it supports, and with every young ambassador it sends out to dazzle an international audience, Friends of Music speaks this language of good will. All of the proceeds of Tuxedo Junction go a long way toward furthering our mission.”

For Tuxedo Junction reservations and ticket information, contact Moomaw at 304-876-5765, or friends@sufom.org. To learn more about FOM, visit www.sufom.org.