Parish Congregational Church, Gorham, Maine, is offering a compact
disc recording of music for Christmastime, with all proceeds to
benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation.
Sweeter Music began
as a project of First Parish in response to the number of our
parishioners who were fighting cancer. When our Music Director,
Ann Mason-Osann, was diagnosed with lymphoma, the Choir formulated
the idea of producing a CD of Christmas music and donating the
proceeds to the Foundation. This CD is a mission and outreach
undertaking of the Church for the benefit of our greater community.
order your own copies of our new CD right now, click
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in 1976, the Maine Cancer Foundation is a Maine-based non-profit
organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being
of Maine people by funding clinical and laboratory cancer research
and supporting educational programs for both health professionals
and the public.
priorities include the funding of a cancer genetic database. By
identifying at-risk populations due to familial predisposition,
steps can be taken to reduce the onset of disease by drug intervention,
early and frequent surveillance, and/or participation in innovative
Foundation supports Maine's first cancer DNA and Tissue Bank.
This information, particularly when combined with the information
stored in the database, is an important resource to researchers.
In addition, the Foundation underwrites "Discovery Weekend" --
a retreat where the coping strategies of cancer patients are explored
and hope is renewed.
Mason-Osann was involved in choral music since 1977. Her experiences
included theater administration, community choir direction, public
school teaching and church music. Ann's dedication to her work
at First Parish built a volunteer choral program of one hundred
enthusiastic singers. The making of What Sweeter Music
was a real highlight in Ann's two-year struggle with cancer.
The First Parish Church Choir, under the direction of Ann Mason-Osann
from 1992 to the summer of 2001, evolved into a group whose love
of singing is evidenced by their polished performances. In addition
to participating in weekly worship services, the Choir has represented
the Church and community in several international choir festivals.
They were invited to sing at the 1996 International Advent Sing
held annually in Vienna, Austria, and have been asked to return
several times. During the summer of 1998, they provided the music
for the John Ford Gala and Celebration in Portland. Later that
year, the group was pleased to sing backup for the Reba McEntire
concert. The choir traveled to North Carolina for Choral Fest
'99 and most recently presented John Rutter's Gloria
and DuBois' "Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross" as part
of their Easter celebrations.
is the product of many hours of rehearsal and effort on the part
of 52 dedicated members of our church. It was produced in Maine
by Maine people, and its proceeds will stay in Maine.
If your life or that of a loved one has been touched by this disease,
please know that your contribution, through the purchase of this
CD, will help others in communities across Maine in their battle
against cancer. A receipt will be returned with your order, for
your charitable contribution.
is $15.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling each. To order your
own CD of "What Sweeter Music," click below and e-mail us your
name, address, how many CDs you'd like, and a daytime phone number
where we can contact you.
should be made by check, payable to "First Parish CD Project"
and mailed to the address below.
. . . and Thank You so much !
your order (with address and phone number) to
What Sweeter Music
P.O. Box 154
Sebago Lake, Maine 04075-0154
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