Cori Yonge, Executive Director, and Carrie Mackey, the Board President of the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation (F.E.E.F.) stopped by the Community Round Table this week to speak with Tony about the upcoming 13th annual Pahantasy of the Arts, Oct 8th!!
Community Round Table Interview:
The six-man a cappella group, the Street Corner Symphony, will fill the Fairhope Civic Center with music for all ages at Phantasy of the Arts 2016, the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation’s (FEEF) signature fundraiser, on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 7 p.m.
The Nashville-based Street Corner Symphony gained international attention in 2010 as runners-up on Season 2 of NBC’s all vocal competition, The Sing-Off. These southern gents have a musical repertoire that includes original music as well as popular songs, such as “Uptown Funk” and “Hey, Soul Sister,” but performed with humor and rearranged with an a cappella twist.
The group consists of two brothers, Jeremy Lister and Jonathan Lister, along with Adam Chance, Kurt Zimmerman, Kaleb Jones and Mark McLemore. Since their success on The Sing-Off, Street Corner Symphony has been making records and touring with Ben Folds and Jay Leno, performing at Tony Romo’s wedding, and bringing their show overseas to Italy. In addition to performing at Phantasy of the Arts, Street Corner Symphony will conduct a workshop with Fairhope High School and Fairhope Middle School students on the morning of the event.
Phantasy of the Arts co-chairs Julie Brown and Jeni Whitehurst promise this celebration of FEEF’s upcoming 21st anniversary will continue the tradition of being a great night of entertainment for education. In addition to Street Corner Symphony, recently featured entertainment at Phantasy includes Chicago’s legendary “The Second City” improv comedy troupe; the popular Alabama band, Saint Paul and the Broken Bones; and Lightwire Theatre, which gained national acclaim on America’s Got Talent.
Since this is a party in the South during college football season, the audience can expect the evening to continue with great food from the area’s finest chefs and football viewing. Local culinary talent this year will include Will Hughes Catering, The Warehouse Bakery, and downtown Mediterranean restaurant Sage. The Fairhope Brewery will also provide its local brew for partygoers. “This is an opportunity for people in our community to come together for good music, good food, and good company while also showing support for public education in Fairhope,” says Julie Brown. “FEEF’s vision is to empower every child to discover and create a better world, and this fundraiser helps to make that possible,” explains Brown.
“This fundraiser directly supports enrichment programs in art, music, and science that would otherwise be unavailable to our public school students in Fairhope,” says
Jeni Whitehurst. “For example, a team of robotics students from Fairhope High School
built a module to compete in NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge and placed 7th out of 44 high school teams from all over the country. A grant from FEEF helped make their success possible,” explained Whitehurst.
Since its inception, Phantasy of the Arts has raised more than $700,000 for public education in Fairhope. Most recently, proceeds from the fundraiser have allowed Fairhope Elementary students access to expanded art and music lessons, provided hands-on science labs for Fairhope Intermediate and J. Larry Newton students, and supported piano lab, theatre, band, art, and guitar lab at Fairhope High and Fairhope Middle Schools.
Those wishing to purchase a sponsorship of the event will have access to an exclusive pre-party gathering at 5:30 p.m. Advanced individual tickets are $100. To purchase a sponsorship, tickets, or for more information visit www.feefonline.org, call 251-990-FEEF, or email email@example.com.