Singing for a dime or two

BHS choir hopes to raise money for trip to Italy.

Perhaps it’s only fitting a fundraiser to earn money for a trip to Italy have an Italian theme, even though it happens to take place at the Bremerton Sons of Norway lodge.

Today, beginning at 6 p.m. the Bremerton High School choir is hosting an Italian dinner and silent and live auction to help fund the Knights on Tour’s spring break trip to Venice and Florence. Tickets for the event are $25 per person and $35 per couple.

“We have been invited to perform under the direction of Dr. Rollo Dilworth,” BHS choir director Cassie Gillis explained.

Dilworth is an award-winning composer who has performed across the globe and is the leader of the Rollo Dilworth Ensemble Project.

“We’ve got a lot of performing to do, but there will also be some time for sight-seeing,” Gillis said.

Two years ago, the BHS choir traveled to London on a similar trip and last year the group spent spring break in San Diego, she said.

“It’s an exciting experience and it’s incredible to see things through the kids’ eyes,” she said, adding that such trips not only enhance students’ performance abilities, but also increase their cultural awareness.

Each of the 36 students going on the trip have spent extra hours before and after school to raise money for the trip, and tonight’s dinner is part of those efforts, she said, noting that guests will enjoy performances by choral students throughout the course of the evening.

Those who are unable to attend tonight’s event, but still wish to help the students with their trip, can send their tax-deductible donation of any amount to Knights on Tour, P.O. Box 3163, Bremerton, WA 98310.

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