Hot Flashes heat up stage for fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:07
File photo. Overall view of the Senior Center as the Hot Flashes perform at the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner. (Photo: Andrew Weber/Sentinel-Tribune)
These chanteuses are hardly flashes in the pan.
Formed five years ago by Trudy Davies, the ensemble is made up of 14 female singers from the Pemberville area who range in age from their 50s through their 70s.
Carol Bailey, who sings with the choir and handles publicity, playfully characterized them as "a group of old ladies, old bags who sing." Their music of choice is the sound of their younger years - doo-wop from the 1950s and 1960s.
Last year the Hot Flashes attracted an overflow crowd for an Angel Tree benefit show, and they raised "just shy of $5,000," Bailey said.
Despite that success the choir was not planning a repeat this year. All are busy with their own Christmas activities..
Last year, she explained they did all the work with help from spouses including setting up and tearing down tables and chairs. That included taking down tables just before showtime when they realized they needed much more seating.
It was worthwhile, but exhausting.
This year though a group of Pemberville churches approached them. This time the beneficiary will be the Good Samaritan Fund and Community Food Pantry. The fund has received a challenge from Thrivent Financial Foundation which pledged to 50 cents on each dollar raised up to $10,000.
So Sunday the Hot Flashes will take to the stage for "A Good Samaritan Christmas Concert" in the Eastwood High auditorium. Doors open at 2 p.m. so people can partake in a spread of homemade goodies. The music will begin at 3 p.m. In addition of a 90-minute set of music from the Hot Flashes the Eastwood Jazz Band will play a few numbers. The Flashes' spouses and some local pastors will reprise the comic novelty number "The Rest Room Door Said Gentlemen" from last year's benefit.
Admission is free with a free will offering collected.
Bailey said the Flashes have reworked their program so it is more of a holiday revue.
Also with the sponsoring organization "picking up the slack" in term of organization, "we're more free to do the program."
The Good Samaritan Fund helps those in need with food, prescriptions and utility bills.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 12:29

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