More than 1,000 people from 13 states streamed the July 11 "Music with as Mission" concert to enjoy Ashley Liberty, an accomplished violinist, and Daniel Strange, a talented pianist, as they performed their mix of jazz, classical, folk and pop standards.
Strange wrote or arranged all the pieces they performed and did all the complicated production work to record and create the hour-long virtual concert. One of the highlights was the couple’s seven-year old son, Harrison, who joined his parents on stage to play violin on a new arrangement of the Beatle’s “Eleanor Rigby.”
Liberty and Strange, who are both Maine natives and favorites among concert goers, performed virtually as part of North Windham Union Church’s "Music with a Mission "concert series.
The show raised about $800 for the new local non-profit, the Sebago Lakes Region Fuller Center for Housing, and more than $1,700 for the church. Just as importantly, the show raised awareness about the Fuller Center’s efforts to help people in our community.
"Dan Strange and Ashley Liberty's concert, ‘Hot Fiddle’ was an amazing display of talent,” said Diane Dunton Bruni, Fuller Center President. “Dan grew up in Windham and his wife, Ashley, is from Gray. Now living in Miami, they continue to impress and inspire by returning and always giving back to this community. Their support of our new non-profit is appreciated and will be put to great use in helping seniors stay in their homes safely."
The Fuller Center for Housing was founded in Georgia by Millard and Linda Fuller, who also began Habitat for Humanity.
Established a little over a year ago, the mission of the local chapter, Sebago Lakes Region Fuller Center for Housing, is to perform housing repairs and rehabilitation that focuses on keeping seniors safe while aging in place in their homes in Raymond, Standish and Windham. The organization will soon begin their first projects of helping people in need, so this fundraiser was perfectly timed to help meet the demand.
Now in its eighth year of hosting concerts, "Music with a Mission" has provided more than $69,000 for mission support to the church and other community organizations.
The next show is scheduled for Aug. 1 and will feature Kelly Caufield performing Judy Garland classics from stage and screen. For more information, see or call 207-892-6142.
For more information about the Sebago Lakes Region Fuller Center for Housing, peruse their website at www.sebagofullerhousing.org and follow them on Facebook.