April 10, 2012

For Immediate Release

Living the Legacy Celebration a Success

VAN WERT, Ohio – The First United Methodist Senior Choir recently capped off a month-long program on The Marsh campus entitled; Homeless and Hungry: Becoming Part of the Solution. The Living the Legacy concert was a celebration of the continuation of the Marsh family legacy today.

The Choir performed a variety of gospel and well-known songs for nearly an hour. The choir is composed of 42 volunteer and professionally trained singers. It has been under the direction of Paul Hoverman for the past 19 years. The accompanists are Gloria Wendel on organ and Annette Hoverman on piano. The choir was also accompanied by drums and a bass player for the performance.

The choir has a rich tradition of excellence in music. Under L.W. Schaufelberger, the choir traveled and sang in England. In 2001, under Hoverman, the choir traveled to New York City and sang at St. John the Divine Cathedral under Dr. Simon Carrington, founder of the King’s Singers. In the past, the choir has made several recordings and has commissioned numerous choral anthems which have been published and are sung around the world.

Admission to the concert was free, with the donation of non-perishable food items. All items collected were then donated to Van Wert area food banks. As part of the day’s events, tours of The Marsh Homestead were also open to the public. Tours were given by Ron Bagley, former Marsh Foundation director, and nearly 50 people participated.

Serving children and families since 1922, The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children’s services agency that provides behavioral treatment in a variety of settings. Services include group homes, treatment and family foster care, an intensive treatment program and independent living. Located in Van Wert, Ohio, the organization’s group homes are licensed for up to 30 children ages 7 – 17, offers an on-campus school for grades 2 – 12 and provides a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster children and community members.

The mission of The Marsh Foundation is to inspire hope, to teach and to care for children and families. For more information about The Marsh, visit www.marshfoundation.org.


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The First United Methodist Senior Choir performed at The Marsh Auditorium on Sunday, April 1. Admission was free with the donation of non-perishable food items that were collected for area food banks.

On Sunday, April 1, public tours were given of the historical Marsh Homestead by Ron Bagley.


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