By Michael J. ARVIZU
St. George Episcopal Church in La Cañada will host a free Music for Charity fundraiser, benefitting Parkinson’s disease research, beginning at 4 p.m. Feb 9 in the church sanctuary. The coffee shop-style event will feature poetry readings, artists, performances by instrumentalists, and a silent auction.
Dubbed “A Spontaneous Encounter With Music,” all donations placed in baskets throughout the event will be given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Fox, best known for his roles in the “Back to the Future” films and television’s “Family Ties,” was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991.
During the event, guests will be able to watch musicians perform, artists paint, and poets recite examples of their work. Guests will also be able to ask questions of the artists and performers. Mini-workshops will be held throughout the afternoon. Guests will be able to try their hand at writing poetry, sketching, or painting swatches with a brush.
“They can talk to the other artists – including the musicians – about their projects and what they do,” said event organizer and St. George Music Director Connie Grisham. “People seem to enjoy it.”
This is the second time a Music for Charity event has been held at St. George’s, said Grisham. Grisham has also organized Music for Charity events to benefit Alzheimer’s research and Habitat for Humanity. She was inspired to organize the Parkinson’s event after a close friend was diagnosed with the disease.
“So many people have contracted this disease,” said Grisham. “They need to find a cure for it. It’s a matter of getting active and helping to spread the word about Parkinson’s disease research that’s going on.”
St. George’s Episcopal Church is at 808 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. Donations can also be sent to the same address, attention Connie Grisham.
For more information, call Grisham at (310) 963-1480.