Concerts To Benefit Area Memorial Fund

BERLIN — When the Tidewater Singers bring their repertoire of beautiful choral music to Ocean Pines on April 20, in support of the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, the silent auction will not have the usual golf outings, baskets of cheer and hotel gift certificates.

It will consist entirely of original works of art from well-known local artists, all of whom have donated the work to support the fund’s Worcester County Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program.

The concerts, a matinee at 3 and an evening performance at 7, will be at the Community Church at Ocean Pines, on Route 589 just north of the Pines’ North Gate. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 443-982-2716.

“The work we do, to prevent suicide and to provide a caring place for those who have lost loved ones to suicide, is some of the most rewarding work I have ever done,” said fund President Kim Klump. “This concert, the uplifting music of the Tidewater Singers, and the amazing paintings, prints, and the collage we have received, can bring beauty to many lives, and beauty can be an antidote to depressive thoughts.”

The artists donating their work include Lynne Lockhart, Patrick Henry, Nancy Richardson West, Ed Challenger, Jim Adcock, Nancy Thompson, Deb Rolig, Barbara Dougherty and others. Each has shown work locally and in galleries across the state. Paintings are done on a template that incorporates the “Jesse’s Paddle” logo of the fund, in a musical motif.

“I have called the music we will hear, a magnificent requiem called Lux Aeterna – Eternal Light – our mission of caring set to music. The art we will auction is the same theme. It brings the beauty of our seaside, the beach, the marshes, the rivers, into our homes and into our lives. A life that is brightened is always a good thing,” Klump said.

Some of the paintings can be seen at www.jessespaddle.org (see the Photo Gallery).

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