Shalom Center Annual Gala

A Shalom Community Center Benefit Gala to support a community benefit!

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Shalom Center Annual Gala

6:30 p.m. cocktail hour and art auction 7:30 p.m. dinner and dancing


Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall

Saturday March 26, 2011 6:30 p.m. cocktail hour and art auction 7:30 p.m. dinner and dancing

323 3020 or efoliotickets.com

Whether she’s talking about music, her latest insights into exercise, or community organizations, soprano and IU professor Sylvia McNair simply bubbles over with infectious enthusiasm. She’s currently spreading that enthusiasm about the upcoming benefit for Bloomington’s Shalom Community Center.

The Organization

“The Center itself is a wonderful place,” McNair says. “The number of people that it helps directly is amazing: Four hundred people use it as their only mailing address. In addition to delivering meals and social services directly, it [acts as] a switchboard connecting people to other agencies that also support people experiencing homelessness and poverty.”

McNair will be performing a set of songs at the upcoming gala to benefit Shalom Community Center, but she’s quick to skip over that to talk about the other performers. “In addition to my singing, we’ll have the terrific IU group Straight No Chaser, and for dancing there will be jazz from a Bloomington North combo and a group led by IU’s Tom Walsh.”

Although Sylvia McNair is a trained vocalist with plenty of breath support, she does get a bit breathless when she goes on to talk about the silent art auction. “It’s a group of really fine Bloomington based artists. I do have some of their pieces they’re donating their work, their art, in support of the mission of the center.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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