"Goodwill Service Guild Welcomes Representative From World Choir Games"

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L to R: Nancy Horton, Service Guild President, Jennifer Schwab, Volunteer Representative, World Choir Games, Sue Burreson, Goodwill Service Guild.

The Service Guild of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries welcomed a volunteer representative from the upcoming World Choir Games to their monthly meeting on March 22nd.  Jennifer Schwab, a volunteer with the World Choir Games gave a presentation on the upcoming major event which will take place in Cincinnati this July 4th through 14th and will welcome over 360 choirs from more than 48 countries from around the globe.

This is the first time the World Choir Games have been held in the United States and Cincinnati competed with more than 20 other US cities for a chance to hold the 7th Choir Games.  Most recently, the World Choir Games were held in China and Germany. The expected economic impact for the city is estimated to be more than 73 million dollars from the special event.

The World Choir Games feature traditional choir music and includes school, church and other choral groups.  This year the games will also feature two new inclusions with the addition of barbershop and show choir music.  The games are held every two years and are dubbed “The Olympics of Choir Music” and feature medals in Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. More than 200,000 spectators are expected during the two-week games this summer.  The World Choir Games coordinators have been working with the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber as well as venue and site sponsors throughout the city.  Most events will be held at US Bank Arena, Music Hall, the Convention Center, the Aronoff Center and the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

“We were so delighted to have Jennifer Schwab speak to our Service Guild and tell us about the exciting World Choir Games and how our group can participate as volunteers for the upcoming special event this summer,” said Nancy Horton, Service Guild President.  “I know that we have several members in our Service Guild who have family who will be participating in the Choir Games this summer so it makes it even more exciting to learn about the Games and think about becoming involved as volunteers,” commented Horton.

Through Ohio Valley Goodwill’s volunteer Service Guild, the organization looks forward to partnering with this high-profile community event to continue raising awareness of its vital mission in the Greater Cincinnati area.

For more information about the World Choir Games go to: 2012worldchoirgames.com

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