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Out & About: Laurel Faith in Action luncheon celebrates community

Shirley McMarlin
| Friday, April 27, 2018, 2:42 p.m.
The Rev. Lisa Kerestesi, Bethlen Communities community outreach coordinator, with Laurel Faith in Action executive director Jane Kerr and program director Sandi Sherba at Laurel Faith in Action's annual Celebration of Community on April 27 at Saint Vincent College.
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The Rev. Lisa Kerestesi, Bethlen Communities community outreach coordinator, with Laurel Faith in Action executive director Jane Kerr and program director Sandi Sherba at Laurel Faith in Action's annual Celebration of Community on April 27 at Saint Vincent College.
Thomas Octave, Tyler Mears and Kelly King were among Saint Vincent College representatives at the Laurel Faith in Action Celebration of Community, held April 27 in the Fred Rogers Center on the Unity campus.
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Thomas Octave, Tyler Mears and Kelly King were among Saint Vincent College representatives at the Laurel Faith in Action Celebration of Community, held April 27 in the Fred Rogers Center on the Unity campus.
Bonnie and Jay Lewis with Simon Chamberlain, Laurel Faith in Action board president, at the organization's annual Celebration of Community, held April 27 at Saint Vincent College.
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Bonnie and Jay Lewis with Simon Chamberlain, Laurel Faith in Action board president, at the organization's annual Celebration of Community, held April 27 at Saint Vincent College.
Laurel Faith in Action board member David Kirkland (left), Faith in Action volunteer and Valley School of Ligonier student Ian McHugh and Brian Jinks, Valley School music director, at the organization's annual Celebration of Community on April 27 at Saint Vincent College.
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Laurel Faith in Action board member David Kirkland (left), Faith in Action volunteer and Valley School of Ligonier student Ian McHugh and Brian Jinks, Valley School music director, at the organization's annual Celebration of Community on April 27 at Saint Vincent College.

It's not often you come away from an event with a kazoo, but that was the parting gift for guests at the annual Laurel Faith in Action Celebration of Community, held April 27 at Saint Vincent College.

Directed by Brian Jinks, students from Valley School of Ligonier sang, and guests were invited to sing or kazoo along with their final number, “Sentimental Journey.”

The luncheon and program showcased a pilot music program at the Bethlen Communities' Ligonier Gardens personal care home, offered in February and March in partnership with students in the Saint Vincent spirituality and music class taught by Thomas Octave.

Attendees saw a video which included the reactions of Ligonier Gardens residents while listening to music on headsets.

The program was inspired by Alive Inside Foundation, which offers media programs to counteract feelings of isolation and loneliness in the elderly, including people with dementia.

Seen at the luncheon: Laurel Faith in Action executive director Jane Kerr, program director Sandi Sherba and board president Simon Chamberlain, along with the Rev. Clark Kerr, Fran Kerr, Phil Koch, Kim Kramer, Glema Burke, David and Johnette DeRose, Jim Fox and Dr. Carol Fox, Diane Nicodemus, Vernie West and Allie Arendas.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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