Source:Watch a performance by Black Violin.
LIMA — The Community Enrichment Dinner brought positive, uplifting messages to the Lima community for the past 15 years.
This year, those messages will be backed by the mesmerizing sound of violins meshing hip hop and classical music, as the October dinner will be paired with a performance by Black Violin.
“Both of the musicians are classically trained violinists, but they’re able to mix across all musical types,” said Jessie Pope, the honorary committee chairman for the Community Enrichment Dinner. “I think you’ll be really amazed, and you will enjoy what you witness through this performance of a lifetime.”
The dinner is planned for 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at Veterans Memorial Civic Center’s exhibit hall. Attendees to the catered dinner will hear an update on local minority and small business development efforts, as well as an appearance by the Lima Area Youth Orchestra. Afterward, guests will move next door to Crouse Performance Hall in the preferred seating section for Black Violin.
Tickets are $60 each or $480 for tables of eight. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Tickets may be purchased online at cedlima.com or through the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Ticket sales began Tuesday.
“Partnering with the Community Enrichment Dinner was the perfect idea from the beginning. It was just making sure that we figured out the logistics to make it work,” said Abe Ambroza, CEO of the Civic Center. “… We have the opportunity to use the entire building not just for one events but two events, but still tie them together.”
Each year the dinner brings to together more than 500 people, with the proceeds funding minority and small business development in Allen County. It has generated more than $50,000 a year over the past 10 years, helping the Walter C. Potts Incubator Technology Center.
It’s also a special opportunity for the area’s youth. The Lima Area Youth Orchestra will play alongside Black Violin. Tryouts will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 15 and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at the Masonic Lodge, 2165 N. Cole St., Lima. Virtual tryouts are also available, with instructions found on the groups new website, LimaAreaYouthOrchestra.org.
“My role in this wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is to help get the kids from the Lima Area Youth Orchestra ready to go on stage with this amazing, talented group of musicians called Black Violin,” said Sarah Waters, conductor of the youth orchestra. “I can’t think of a better way to open our season and get back to doing what we do. What I do is teach all of music — community, self respect, discipline — I teach those things through music.”