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McDaniel College grad organizes virtual concert to benefit Carroll Lutheran Village’s COVID-19 fund

Carroll County Times

July 21, 2020


McDaniel College students and staff are holding a virtual concert Wednesday to raise money for Carroll Lutheran Village’s COVID-19 fund and bring joy to the residents.

Sykesville resident Kayla Catlin, a recent graduate of McDaniel, last spring took a nonprofit writing class that required students to intern with a local nonprofit. Catlin’s professor, Josh Ambrose, tasked students with writing fundraiser proposals for their nonprofits. Catlin took it a step further.

As a music minor, Catlin had experience with Carroll Lutheran Village, a senior living community in Westminster. She and other McDaniel students visited the community, and other nursing homes, each semester to perform for the residents. Then COVID-19 cases started popping up in Carroll County, classes switched to online, and the performances were canceled.

Catlin proposed a virtual concert. She reached out to students and staff in the music department and invited them to record themselves or send in videos of past performances.

The concert will feature 22 acts, which include vocalists, pianists, a saxophonist, guitarists, and the Westminster Symphony Orchestra. Catlin is among the vocalists.