“Attention Cappy’s patrons — Special menu item; Harmony!”
The Music Men of London Barbershop Quartet has scheduled a stop in the dining section of London’s Cappy’s Pizza restaurant on Sunday, Sept. 17 in hopes of raising money for the Madison County Relay For Life.
The Quartet will start at 6:30 p.m. with a plethora of musical selections in classic, All-American barbershop style. Cappy’s has donated a gift card that can be won via a quick trivia contest among the patrons present in the dining room.
“Cancer continues to ravage our families, not only those people actually stricken, but also their friends and family who love them,” said Paul Oswalt, the group’s bass singer. “We will continue to schedule fundraising events such as these ongoing throughout Madison County to contribute to what will hopefully bring an end to cancer as we know it.”
Oswalt admits choosing to use the traditional, “Salvation Army Kettle” style of raising money does present challenges. More shoppers use credit cards these days and may not necessarily bring change with them to drop into the official Relay For Life bucket the quartet will utilize.
Cappy’s will also allow donations to be charged on your credit card for those of you who do not carry cash, and they will assume the charge fees.
The Music Men of London were established in 1967 by London resident and Kiwanis Club member John Ewart, then known as the Four K’s.
The quartet performed as the school board in the 1998 Madison County Arts Council production of “The Music Man,” the organization’s first countywide musical. They were so well-received that people began referring to them as the Music Men, the name continues today. Baritone-singing Craig Chadwell is now the “elder statesman” of the group, having first joined in 1998 (after the MCAC production). Oswalt joined in 2005 and Jeff Gates (Lead) and Matthew Tlachac (Tenor) came aboard in 2006.
Find the Music Men on their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/musicmenoflondon.