Stylin’ for a cause

Unity Music Festival to celebrate 10th anniversary in fine style
by Jeff Pederson of The Review staff


THE KOHLER HIGH SCHOOL SHOW CHOIR will perform as part of the grand finale at the 10th annual Unity Music Festival to benefit the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund Saturday, April 12, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan. — Submitted photo THE KOHLER HIGH SCHOOL SHOW CHOIR will perform as part of the grand finale at the 10th annual Unity Music Festival to benefit the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund Saturday, April 12, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan. — Submitted photo The Unity Music Festival to benefit the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund will mark its 10th anniversary with an impressive collection of talented local and regional performers primed to heat up the stage at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

This year Unity Music Festival Founder and Organizer Mary Ann Waldbauer is honoring those who have helped the event grow over the past 10 years from a small gathering of friends at Sheboygan Falls High School into one of the most anticipated local concerts of the year at the Weill Center.

“Looking back at the past nine years, it has truly been an amazing journey,” Waldbauer said. “I counted 89 different acts and eight emcees that have participated over the years.


SOUL STREAM, featuring Chad Saunier and Greg Klauck, will be among the performers at the 10th annual Unity Music Festival to benefit the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund Saturday, April 12, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan. 
— Submitted photo SOUL STREAM, featuring Chad Saunier and Greg Klauck, will be among the performers at the 10th annual Unity Music Festival to benefit the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund Saturday, April 12, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan. — Submitted photo “Hundreds of people have been given an opportunity to be in the show and to perform on the most precious stage around,” she said. “We’ve had performers of all ages with the youngest being 7 and the oldest was 100.”

This year’s list of performers includes the Bluetones, which will perform a combination of both new and old Motown, rock and soul. The Bluetones feature Lisa Golda (keyboards/ vocals), Vida Voysey (vocals/ percussion), Louis Lunia (lead guitar), Larry Bartol and Kevin Payne.

Soul Stream featuring Chad Saunier and Greg Klauck will play country rock. Sarah Leuquin and Marta Ballering will sing a duet and Jim Wilsing will play the Native American-inspired flute.

The grand finale will feature a combined performances by the Sheboygan Falls High School Jazz/ Show Choir, Kohler High School Swing Choir and Kohler High School Madrigals

“Lori Hucke, Bill Born, Wendy Kukla, were all involved in helping make these events successful, this year we are bringing back the best of the best with the grand finale,” Waldbauer said. “The Kohler Swing Choir an extracurricular-auditioned group of high school students directed by Wendy Kukla. The Sheboygan Falls HS Jazz/Show Choir also an auditioned choir of 10 boys and 10 girls directed by Bill Born and the Kohler High School Madrigals is directed by Lori Hucke.

“I have reached out to the surrounding communities hoping to bring an awareness about what this show is about and what the money is used for,” Waldbauer said. “We’ve had students from Sheboygan North, Howards Grove, Random Lake, Sheboygan Falls, Kohler and Plymouth high schools take part, was well as the Kiel marching band. The list is endless. This has always been a variety show, so if you do not like an act sit back, because it’s about to change!”

Fundraising activities will begin at 5 p.m. with silent and live-auction viewing and a gala appetizer and wine buffet party running prior to the show from 5-6 p.m.

Daven Claerbout once again serve as the auctioneer for a live auction on stage, during intermission.

In addition, original Master of Ceremonies Dr. Perry Phillips will return to host the show again this year.

“This year I have brought back some people from the ground roots of the show,” Waldbauer said. “Dr Perry Phillips will emcee the show once again. He was actually with me at the Sheboygan Falls High School before we moved it to the Stephanie Weill Center, and he emceed there as well.

“I am so thankful for my family, friends, co-workers, and husband Rick, who all have a special part in this program,” she said. “I’m still waiting to achieve my goal of having a full sellout crowd for the show.”

General admission tickets are currently on sale for $20 per person. General admission tickets with the gala appetizer buffert are $70.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Falls Healing Arts in Sheboygan Falls (467-8690), Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly in Sheboygan Falls (467- 0477), Mary Ann or Rick Waldbauer of Sheboygan Falls (467- 3303), Midwest Dental in Plymouth (893-8458), The Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan (826 North 8th St., 208- 3243), Matthews Oncology (458-7433), Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic (457-6800), Becky DeAmico of Howards Grove (565-4534), Maritime Insurance in Sheboygan (457-7781) and I.C. Church (457-3967).

The Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions by the public are fully tax-deductible.

“People realize this show is really about people helping people right here in our own community,” Waldbauer said. “Performers use their God-given talent to help others through music or dance.

“This show not only helps cancer patients financially, but it builds self-esteem for everyone that helps,” she said. “It teaches the lesson that if you give from your heart, the rewards will be great.”

For more information on the Unity Music Festival visit unitymusicfestival.org

More information on the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund can be found at www.scccf.org

For additional information, call Mary Ann Waldbauer at 467-3303 or Becky at 565-4534.


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