Reiley Lonergan, Minersville, raises $6008.00 for Sarah Ricigliano and Family
An amazing total of $6008.00 was raised from the fundraiser “A NIGHT OF MUSIC FOR SARAH,” which was hosted and organized by Minersville High School junior Reiley Lonergan.
Held last Monday at Minersville Area High School, the show showcased many talented singers all donating their time and talent to help raise funds for 17 year old Sarah Ricigliano and her family.
Sarah, a junior at Minersville Area High School and a classmate of Reiley, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October.
Reiley invited friends from her school to sing solo’s in the show. Soloists included Minersville Area High School students Josh Donley, Kylee Agnello, Jackie Krevis, Hannah Studlack, Kate Kramer and Becky Andruchek as well as Minersville alumni Kane Heffron and Kayla Sabol.
Reiley spearheaded this fundraiser for Sarah and her family. A lot of preparation went into this event for several weeks before the show. In addition to “A NIGHT OF MUSIC FOR SARAH” show, Reiley got donations for raffle drawings and concession stand and sold raffles at area stores. In addition, she put together a program booklet for the event.
Also performing that Monday evening was the Minersville Area High School Choir Ensemble as well as the “Spotlight Kidz” of the Pottsville Gymnastics & Theatrical Center, Inc.
The Soloists sang a variety of songs ranging from “A Part of Your World” and “Tattooed Heart” to “Eye of the Tiger.” The Choir Ensemble, under the direction of Mary Nell Starner, sang “Let the River Run”
The “Spotlight Kidz” also were entertaining with the Children/Junior group singing “Candle on the Water,” while the Senior group brought the house down with “Seasons of Love.” All three groups together sang “Lean on Me.” The “Spotlight Kidz,” under the direction of Sandy Kost-Sterner, range in ages from 5 thru 18 and represent six different school districts.
Also singing for the “Spotlight Kidz” were Minersville School District youngsters Ava and Ella Frantz who sang “Together, Wherever We Go” and the trio of Cadence Artz, Rylee Denion and Emily Hart who sang “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”
For the last solo of the evening, Reiley sang “Choosing to look at the Stars.” There were many tears in the audience as Reiley sang this beautiful song written by Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman. The song debuted on the “Today” show last month and Friedman gave Reiley permission and the sheet music to sing this song for Sarah’s event. Reiley was accompanied on the piano by Mr. Bruce Marianelli.
The show ended with the entire cast singing the very inspiring “Fight Song” Approximately 225 people attended this special event and the evening ended with a standing ovation.
The community support for this event was tremendous as businesses, organizations and individuals donated items for raffle drawings, placed an ad in the program booklet, donated items toward concession, gave monetary donations, bought show tickets, sold raffle tickets or helped at the actual event.
An avid Musical Theater participant, Reiley got the support from some of her friends from the Broadway community. Some of the prizes donated came from Tony Award winner THE KING & I and Tony Nominee SOMETHING ROTTEN as well ANNIE, SHREK, ALADDIN, MARY POPPINS, as well as orchestra seat tickets from LES MISERABLES and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in New York City.
Reiley appreciates the support of the community! “Thank you to everyone who attended A NIGHT OF MUSIC FOR SARAH,” said Reiley. “I was honored to be the host of this event and I thank all of the performers who shared the stage with me this evening! Not to leave anyone out, I’d like to thank EVERYONE who has donated or helped with this event. I appreciate each and every one of you very much! Battlin’ for Sarah! We are Sarah Strong!”
If you were unable to make the show or you’d like to view the performances again, there is a video on the Battlin’ for Sarah facebook page. Click here to view the video.