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Library close to matching goal

Stephen Grey, Kelly Carey, Larry Young Jr. Ellie Francis performed “Broadway Our Way” at Cedar Springs High School last Friday as a fundraiser for library. Photo by Nancy Noreen.

Have you noticed that the thermometer on the library’s fundraising thermometer is now at $45,000? That’s only $5,000 away from its goal to get a $50,000 matching grant, and a large chunk of that is due to the musical “Broadway Our Way,” put on last Friday night by Larry Young Jr. and his company Creative Edge Productions.

The evening started off with a Tuscan Harvest dinner at the Cedarfield Clubhouse, put on by the Cedar Springs Women’s Club.

After the dinner, Young and his team, including Kelly Carey, Stephen Grey, and Ellie Francis, gave a wonderful performance, before an enthusiastic audience at Cedar Springs High School.

There was an afterglow in the cafeteria after the performance, with light refreshments and a chance to meet the actors.

“It was fun to see so many aspects of our community come together for the event,” said Amanda Gerhardt. “They were lined up out the door, which not only showed excitement for the music, but great support for the library. I had a great time seeing a Cedar Springs alumni and a fellow Hope alumni bring his talents and those of his colleagues back to our town to help such a great cause!”

The show was underwritten by Larry Young Sr. and his wife, Audrey, and local people and businesses helped sponsor the event. Four generations of the Young family enjoyed the show. “We were pleased to see all who came out to see “Broadway Our Way,” said Audrey. “It was an enjoyable evening!”

Solon Township resident Tony Owen was also enthusiastic about the show. “I do not get a chance to have a date night with my wife very often. This was a wonderful chance and a worthy cause so I could not pass it up.

The dinner was wonderful—the women’s club outdid themselves. The company at the dinner was great also. We then drove over to the high school for the show. I totally enjoyed them and left with that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you are part of something good. I hope they can make this an annual affair (dinner/theater) to continue raising money for the Library,” remarked Owen.

Library Director Donna Clark couldn’t express enough how much she loved the show. “I had heard the show was good, but I really had no idea just how amazing it was going to be,” she said. “We all loved them and their show so very much. It lifted our spirits and bonded us. We shared magical moments as one community,” she added. “I really believe this group is going somewhere. And isn’t nice that they stopped by Cedar Springs on the way?”

Tickets brought in $1,550 in sales, and the rest of the money ($9,500-plus) came in through sponsorships.

Those who stayed for the afterglow also had the chance to view items in the Silent Auction, which is running through November 30 on Facebook. Just type in “Cedar Springs Public Library Silent Auction” and then place some bids.

Also coming up is a Widow’s Weekend home party expo on Saturday, November 17, at Cedar Springs Middle School (see page 6), and a Big Boy taco bar fundraiser on December 13 from 5-8 p.m.

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