A Special Concert To Benefit Specialized Education and Special Children

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“A Special Concert for Special Children” invites music enthusiasts and the community to a delightful evening of great classics with wonderfully entertaining “pops” music. Hosted by Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES), the concert will be conducted by Philadelphia’s own Rosalind Erwin and feature the artistry of soloists Rich Ridenour on piano and Brandon Ridenour on trumpet, as well as a 42 piece orchestra comprised of renowned musicians. The concert will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 7:30pm at Immaculata University’s Alumnae Hall.

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“Educating the child outside of the regular school classroom is extremely important. At VFES, we believe in providing unique opportunities for practical learning not found in a school setting or in the home,” said, Osborne Abbey, CEO.

“A Special Concert for Special Children” invites music enthusiasts and the community to a delightful evening of great classics with wonderfully entertaining “pops” music. Hosted by Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES), the concert will be conducted by Philadelphia’s own Rosalind Erwin and feature the artistry of soloists Rich Ridenour on piano and Brandon Ridenour on trumpet, as well as a 42 piece orchestra comprised of renowned musicians. The concert will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 7:30pm at Immaculata University’s Alumnae Hall. The program, arranged in part by C&KArtists, includes audience participation and a special musical appearance by a student from VFES’ Vanguard School who will join in a performance with Rich Ridenour.

The concert is being held in conjunction with Immaculata University’s annual art show, “Celebrating 28 Years of Original Art,” enabling concertgoers to view and purchase work by distinguished artists on the same evening.

Proceeds from the concert will support VFES’ programs for children whose exceptionalities include autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. Specific initiatives supported in-part by this fundraiser include an environmental learning and vocational skills program for at-risk youth and programming for quality extracurricular activities that educate the child outside of regular class time.

“Educating the child outside of the regular school classroom is extremely important. At VFES, we believe in providing unique opportunities for practical learning not found in a school setting or in the home,” said, Osborne Abbey, CEO of Valley Forge Educational Services.

Concert Planning Committee Co-Chair, Alan Reed of Villanova added, “On a personal note, Louise and I are supporting this event because we are grateful for the care VFES’ Vanguard School provided our son, Edward, who spent eight of the most important years of his life there. He is now independent and leads a happy, fulfilled and productive life.”

Event sponsors will be invited to a private reception prior to the concert with the conductor and soloists. For more information about sponsorships or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.vfes.net or contact Mario Dickerson, VFES Chief Advancement Officer, at advancement@vfes.net or 610-296-6725 x169. Information about Rosalind Erwin, Richard Ridenour and Brandon Ridenour can be found at ckartists.info. For information about the Immaculata University Art Show visit their website.

About Valley Forge Educational Services:
Valley Forge Educational Services offers a wide variety of educational services focused on guiding learners to independence. VFES provides educational solutions for young children, adolescents and pre-21 adults ranging from K-12 school-based and summer programs to post high school (18-21) transition skills programming to clinical consultation services. VFES also offers professional support to organizations, schools and families through its Luma Center™ for Development and Learning, Summer Matters™ division, Vanguard School, Vanguard Transition Center and Professional Development and Parent Learning Series. For more than 50 years, Valley Forge Educational Services has been dedicated to improving specialized education through innovative research and advanced practices for students, parents, educators, professionals and organizations. To learn more about Valley Forge Educational Services, please visit http://www.vfes.net.

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