Immaculata University and Valley Forge Educational Services Hold “A Special Concert for Special Children”

Immaculata University (IU) and Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES) will co-host "A Special Concert for Special Children," to benefit VFES on Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumnae Hall on the University´s campus. Also in Alumnae Hall that evening will be displays that are part of Immaculata´s Art Show, allowing guests to view and purchase fine art. The concert, conducted by Philadelphia´s Rosalind Erwin, will feature Rich Ridenour on piano and Brandon Ridenour on trumpet, accompanied by a 42-piece orchestra, playing beloved classics and pops music. The program, arranged with help from C&K Artists, includes audience participation and a special musical appearance by a student from VFES´ Vanguard School, who will join in a performance with Rich Ridenour. Two other students will perform in the lobby before the concert.
Proceeds from the concert will go toward VFES´ programs for children with autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. The event will benefit specific initiatives such as an environmental learning and vocational skills program for at-risk youth and programming for educational extracurricular activities.
VFES recently increased its programming and services to provide a greater outreach to families, children, and professionals. To celebrate these enhanced offerings, VFES decided to host a musical event at Immaculata University. Theresa Grentz, vice president for institutional advancement at Immaculata, was enthusiastic from the outset about partnering with VFES, especially because the two organizations´ missions are focused on education. "It is our hope that this is the beginning of a lasting partnership," said Mario Dickerson, VFES chief advancement officer, "and we are grateful to the University for their innovative vision to realize the value of a partnership like this."
"We are delighted to partner with this prestigious university and to co-host VFES´ benefit concert at Alumnae Hall," said Osborne Abbey, VFES CEO. "Sharing IU´s 2011 Art Show with our concert attendees is a wonderful opportunity to make this a true evening of the visual and performing arts."
Event sponsors will be invited to a private reception before the concert with the conductor and soloists. For more information about sponsorships or to purchase tickets, please visit or contact Mario Dickerson at
Valley Forge Educational Services offers a wide variety of educational services focused on guiding learners to independence. To learn more about Valley Forge Educational Services, please visit
Immaculata University, a Catholic comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.


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