Big band sounds to benefit Sisters of Charity

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The music of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and other big band favorites will be heard Saturday at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

The sixth znnual Sounds of Charity fundraiser to benefit the mission and ministries of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill will be held in Cecilian Hall on campus. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, raffle and silent auction. Music will be provided by pianist Marvin Huls, an associate professor of music at the university.

At 7:30 p.m., music for dancing will be performed by the Glass City Swing Band with featured vocalist Cori Poklembo, a music teacher at Aquinas Academy in Greensburg.

The 18-member band, named for the glass factories of Jeannette, was formed in 2009 by twins Jill and Joy Procida, who played for the Jeannette Community Band.

''Members encouraged us to start a swing band, so we did,'' Joy Procida said. 

Their late father, Anthony ''Red'' Procida, played accordion with a number of local bands. Jill Procida, who teaches part time in the Community Music Division at Seton Hill University, plays lead alto saxophone. Joy Procida, a part-time medical transcriptionist, is the second trumpet player.

In addition to raising funds, the event is an opportunity for the Sisters to interact with former students, co-workers and friends, said Jane Strittmatter, director of public relations for the Sisters.

Besides ministering in the areas of education, healthcare, social services, and pastoral ministry, the Sisters have

branched out to serve in other ways, including the Seton Arts Service Corps, Elizabeth Seton Center and Rendu Services.

The Seton Arts Service Corps, a collaborative venture of the Sisters and Seton Hill University, brings children from under-served communities together with university students who help them explore creative outlets through artistic expression.

The Elizabeth Seton Center provides intergenerational services, such as adult day care and child care, to families at sites in Brookline, Overbrook and Greensburg.

Rendu Services is a collaborative effort of the Sisters, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul, and the Vincentian Sisters of Charity to provide care to those in need in Fayette County, such as through a food pantry, health education, and screenings and referrals.

Tickets are $35; $15 for students. Free valet parking is available. For more information or to buy tickets: 724-836-0406, ext. 615.

Margaret Smykla, freelance writer:

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