Church fundraiser features swing music and sweets

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At the 2013 Artistry in Jazz Big Band Concert, Wrightsville United Methodist Church raised $1,100 for charity. The church hopes to top that number at this year’s concert, held Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

Guests will be entertained by Artistry in Jazz, a 20-member orchestra that plays music from the 20’s to the 70’s. With the event being held in the church’s fellowship hall, there will be plenty of room for dancing.

“They play big band and swing music,” director of congregational care Mikki Perry said in an Aug. 8 phone interview. “Last year they had a really good female vocalist. It was a lot of fun.”

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to a wide range of outreach projects supported by Wrightsville UMC. During a phone interview on Aug. 8, director of United Methodist Men Hayes Perry said fundraising is a vital part of the church’s mission.

“I’ve heard somebody say, don’t preach me a sermon, live me a sermon,” Perry said. “To give to other people and to help other people in need is what being a Christian and being a good person is all about.”

In addition to the Artistry in Jazz fundraiser, the church also holds an annual golf tournament and a fish fry to raise money. In the past, much of the proceeds from these events went to the Methodist Home for Children, a Raleigh-based organization that helps find foster homes for children in need.

Perry said the funds could also benefit a variety of other projects, depending on where the need is. In previous years, church has donated money to families during the holidays, Eagle Scout projects, community members, and W.A.R.M, a nonprofit organization in Wilmington that repairs the houses of low-income homeowners.

Hayes said many of the outreach projects focus on helping children in need.

“There was one kid who had behavioral problems, and we went in to the home and the family didn’t have sheets on the bed and the kid only had one outfit to wear, so we gave money for them to buy him clothes,” Perry offered as one example.

He added he hopes for even greater attendance at this year’s event. In addition to live music, guests will also be able to enjoy desserts made by church members.

“I make homemade banana pudding,” he said. “It’s the best banana pudding you’ve ever tasted.”

Tickets can be purchased for $10 and picked up at the office of Wrightsville United Methodist Church. For more information visit www.wrightsvilleumc.org

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