Local high school choir organizes GoFundMe to raise money to perform on the world’s largest stage

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — When you’re born to sing, where you sing is often a really big deal. Some 75 singers have a once in a lifetime shot at performing on the world’s largest stage, but they need a few more dollars to get there.

Right before the pandemic lockdown, Ola High School Choir in Henry County booked a gig at Carnegie Hall in New York City. So far, the choir has raised more than $200,00 but now, with just a few days before the final payment is due, the choir is short around $16,000.

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“Oh my goodness! This is probably the most excited I’ve ever been about a trip. This is the biggest opportunity that I’ve ever had,” choir president Abigail Burkett said.

The performance is set for this June and they have spent the last two years rehearsing and raising money to pay for the trip.

“It’s an experience they will probably never have again in their entire lives. So being able to do this—even while they’re in high school is something they’ll never forget,” assistant principal Jessica Torres said.

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The pressure is on to get the choir across the finish line. Another choir member said it’s a lot of work that goes into it.

“I feel like even though it’s one after another after another, it’s one step closer to getting us there all the time,” Katheryn Faglier said.

With just a few days before the final payment is due and no time left to hold another fundraising event, choir director Mindy forehand has organized a GoFundMe.

“That is a little worrisome, but I believe we can make it there,” Burkett said.

The link to the choir’s GoFundMe can be found HERE.

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