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Sounds of Charity benefit grows as it moves into bigger venue at Seton Hill

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, March 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
(from left), Interim President of Seton Hill Universtiy, Bibiana Boerio, joins event organizer, Sister Louise Grundish, and Glenn and Carol Johnson, of Greensburg, during the sixth annual Sounds of Charity concert, hosted by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, held in Cecilian Hall at Seton Hill University on Saturday evening, March 29, 2014.
Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review
(from left), Interim President of Seton Hill Universtiy, Bibiana Boerio, joins event organizer, Sister Louise Grundish, and Glenn and Carol Johnson, of Greensburg, during the sixth annual Sounds of Charity concert, hosted by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, held in Cecilian Hall at Seton Hill University on Saturday evening, March 29, 2014.

The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill found themselves with the happy “problem” of having to find a new venue for this year'sSounds of Charity.

The crowd had outgrown the previous reception space in the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, so the sixth annual night of jazz was moved to the more spacious Cecilian Hall on the Greensburg campus.

Attendance at the March 29 gala hovered around 250, said event organizer SisterLouise Grundich, up significantly from last year's 150.

Otherwise, the Sisters' successful formula stayed about the same, with Marvil Huls tinkling the ivories as guests sampled heavy hors d'oeuvres, sweets and beverages, while checking out raffle baskets and silent auction items.

Then Glass City Swing Band took the stage, luring the crowd onto the dance floor for some serious jumpin' and jivin'. Featured vocalist was Cori Poklembo, known locally as a music teacher at Greensburg's Aquinas Academy.

Who knows how big a room the sisters will need to book next year?

Event committee members included SistersMary Norbert Long, Kathleen McCauley, Patrice Hughes, Anne Toomey and Kathleen Gallagher, along withGene Forish and Lyn Marie Dwyer.

Seen swingin': Glenn andCarol Johnson, Dr. Young and Kyung Lim, Art Boyle, Joe andLois Wano, Richard and Joanna Stillwagon, Mary Catherine Motchar, Barbara Ferrier, Daniel andLori Sendro, Sister Pat Wilson, Dana Bauer, Sister Lois Sculco, John and Malinda Sherid, Chuck and Jane Strittmatter with grandchildren Bekah andBen Tupper, Carol Marlin, Michael Shelleby, SisterAgnes Steedle, Rosemary Clark, Rodney Rager, Jim and Linda Obman, Ray and Mary Kay Valentine and SHU interim President Bibiana Boerio.

— Shirley McMarlin

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