We have been asked to serve as the 2022 Honorary Chairmen
for "ENCORE," and we are both happy to accept. Our association
with the Morton Civic Chorus is a personal one as our daughter loves singing in the soprano section of the group. This group was founded
to assist those suffering with all types of kidney disease, and almost all
of us know someone who has had the challenges that presents. From our son-in-law to a dear friend who received a kidney transplant a few years ago, our acquaintance has been first-hand and personal.
For the last forty-six years, "ENCORE," presented by Morton Civic Chorus, currently under the direction of Denise Adams, has been raising money for the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund (CIMKF), a local 501c(3) charity organized exclusively to provide financial support to needy End Stage Renal Disease patients throughout Central Illinois. CIMKF distributes assistance to the patients including transportation, utility costs, emergency food, medication costs as well as other needs. The CIMKF board assures that funds are allocated properly, but the reality is that there are never enough funds to meet all the needs brought to the board, and that makes ongoing fund-raising efforts vital.
Chorus members volunteer their time, once-a-week rehearsals, Christmas caroling at dialysis centers, fully memorized music, costume, and stage design, and they produce a phenomenal product. The musical selections range from old to new, jazz to classical, humorous to serious. In other words, there's a little something for everyone.
Will you join us in considering a generous contribution? While we hope that you may never experience the hardships that kidney disease brings to individuals and families, we feel certain you can help those who do.
Mark your calendars today and join us for an evening of singing at Bertha Frank Performing Arts in Morton, IL, May 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. and May 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Jim and Ede Kidder