On Saturday Dec. 1, the Weber State Alumni Singers used their music to help Loydene Berg who lost her home to a fire in September. The choir presented a rich experience titled “A Gift of Music” to generous audience members who started off the holiday season with an amazing concert. The evening of music enriched those who attended.
Berg, an avid musician and music lover, not only received the healing properties of music but she also received the proceeds from the event. While attendance was much lower than was hoped for, they were able to raise $1,800 to help Berg get reestablished after the fire took everything she owned. Each ticket cost $10, however some decided they would pay more for the ticket to be able to hear a great concert and to help someone so deserving.
Joining in the musical presentation, Berg wrote a special number she performed that evening. She accompanied her neice, Erika Huff Cardon. Sandy Johanson, of Mountain Green, was one of four singers featured in the special music numbers breaking up the group songs. Pre-concert music was provided by Dr. Gordon Johnson’s recorder quartet and Gabrielle Cox’s string quartet.
If you weren’t one of the lucky 120 attendees, there are two more opportunities for you to enjoy the sweet sounds of the Weber State Singers and to donate to the Bergs. The 28 member singing group will sing in the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 1100 East 5550 South in Ogden. Money and food donations will be accepted at the door. Tickets are not required for the two remaining concerts.
The Weber State Alumni Singers are not only talented but charitable as well. Each year the singers find a family in need and donate the money generated from concerts to that family. Debbie and Greg Smith, of Mountain Green, are alumni singers and have helped raise money for others in the past. Smith is the Relief Society President in Berg’s ward and was pleased to be able to use the concert this year to help her. Smith wanted to express her appreciation to all those who supported the concert by attending, providing the venue, or just helping spread the word.
Berg is currently living with a neighbor family. There have been several other fundraisers already held including a chili dinner hosted by her ward, a car show, and a gourmet buffet dinner at Snowbasin. An account has been set up at 1st Bank of Morgan and Mountain Green. The community has rallied and plans to continue to support the Berg as she figures out her future.