As part of their partnership with the BankPlus Light-A-Light Project, Ballet Mississippi promoted the holiday project to area schools.  Several schools raised funds for Friends of Children’s Hospital and presented the funds to David Keary, Artistic Director for Ballet Mississippi and Melanie Schade, Program Administrator for Friends following a special performance of The Nutcracker at Thalia Mara Hall for schoolchildren.

Students at Forest Elementary in Scott County raised funds in honor of a classmate.  The accelerated classes at Fair Elementary and Louisville Elementary in Louisville competed to see who could raise the most money.  David and Melanie spoke to students following the special performances and took several photographs.

Ballet Mississippi raised more than $9,000 for the BankPlus Light-A-Light Project from school donations, gifts from attendees and they matched a portion of what was raised.  Friends of Children’s Hospital is eternally grateful to Ballet Mississippi and all the volunteers who work hard each year to further the reach of the project.

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