"Goodwill's CARE Program Participants Part of World Choir Games!"

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Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education, (known as CARE), took center stage during the World Choir Games in Cincinnati this past week. On Thursday, July 12th, a member of the CARE program, Zach Ettinger, performed for hundreds of enthusiastic on-lookers as one of the singers for a group called Melodic Connections. Melodic Connections is comprised of board certified music therapists and other like-minded people dedicated to empowering the lives of individuals through musical expression and performance. Zach has been a choir member of Melodic Connections for several years. The performance was made even more memorable by the ardent support of CARE program participants and staff who attended the performance to support Zach but also to enjoy the experience of the World Choir Games. The CARE program at Goodwill is designed to provide enriching opportunities for individuals with disabilities served by the agency and their participation in the Games was just the most recent example of the many things that they do. “We are thrilled for Zach and Melodic Connections about their performance today but also just excited to be part of this world-wide event,” said Lois Kramer, CARE Program Supervisor. The CARE group took time to really explore all of the attractions of the World Choir event stopping to pose with dragons and Flying Pig sculptures on Fountain Square and to enjoy the performance of the Chinese and German choirs. “It was just a really fun and memorable day for all of us. We felt like we all really captured the spirit of the games,” said Kramer. For more information about the CARE program, please contact Lois Kramer at (513) 771-4800, ext 6315 or email: lkramer@cincigoodwill.org. To schedule a tour of the CARE program, please contact Sharon Hannon at (513) 771-4800, ext. 6364.

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