Thursday, March 12, 2009

Taking the music to those that can't get to it...Inspirit

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South Florida nonprofit Inspirit takes live performances to those who can't get out to experience the healing power of music

Lake Worth, FL: Palm Beach County nonprofit Inspirit formed in 2000, with a mission to take live music and the performing arts directly to people who didn't have the option of going out to see them - like those in veteran's hospitals, cancer clinics, nursing homes, shelters, rehabilitation centers, Alzheimer's centers and pediatric wards.

Founder and Executive Director Ginny Meredith is a musician and breast cancer survivor who experienced music as an important part of her own healing process, and is committed to share that experience with others. "Our performances enrich the soul and promote wellness through the healing power of the performing arts," she says. "In carrying out our mission, Inspirit also seeks to create a social awareness toward people who are isolated from the world at large."

Inspired by Bread and Roses (a program started by Mimi Farina, sister of folk singer Joan Baez, in San Francisco during the early 1970s) and Heart and Soul in Salt Lake City, Utah, Inspirit is already seen brightly by the people who benefit from it the most. More than 24,000 people (ages 2 to 102), confined to a variety of different facilities, have witnessed 775 intimate performances provided by Inspirit. Entertainers range from acoustic musical duos, barbershop quartets and full bands to storytellers, dance troupes and spoken word artists.

Ron Radcliffe, Vice President of Specialized Day Services at Alzheimer's Community Care, can attest to the impact of Inspirit on clients and families that ACC has served. "The entertainment offerings provided by Inspirit have proven to be an invaluable resource in providing our patients with opportunities to express themselves through the powerful medium of music," he says.

Inspirit was recognized as a 2008 Muse Award nominee from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council for its outstanding achievement in improving the quality of life in Palm Beach County. At the Palm Beach Habilitation Center, Vice President David Lin said, "Without these performances, without cost to our agency, the individuals that we serve might never get to enjoy live music and social interaction with entertainers."

For more information on Inspirit, call (561) 889-4388 or visit

Inspirit is proud to announce its 2009 fundraising event:
Saturday, April 25th
Players Club Restaurant, Wellington

Inspirit Idol “Karaoke for a Cause”

An outstanding night of entertainment that will bring out the area’s best amateur voices to be judged by a panel of local celebrities including:

Frank Cerabino-Palm Beach Post columnist and saxophone player extraordinaire
Virginia Lang- Wild Morning Show host, 95.5FM
Bill Meredith – drummer/percussionist and Palm Beach Post Local Music columnist
Gin Weintraub-Singer/songwriter, founding member of local band Inhouse and
Programming Associate at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Participate in this event as a Contestant, Event Sponsor or Audience Member!
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1 comment :

  1. Update to this post: Celebrity judge Virginia Lang has been replaced by Andy Preston, radio personality for classic-rock station 98.7 The Gater. Tickets for Inspirit Idol are $15 per person or $25 per couple; this includes a free drink ticket and free hors d'oeuvres for the first 90 minutes.

    Sheldon Robertson
    Inspirit Idol Planning Committee