Greenbriar Children’s Center board member Melissa Emery says she hopes the group’s upcoming “Gift of Song” concert will inspire the community to spread holiday joy.
She’s also hopeful the event will help provide more Christmas magic to the children who benefit from their services.
Greenbriar’s inaugural holiday fundraising concert, “The Gift of Song: Youth Choirs Sing for Greenbriar,” will be 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Trustees Theatre. Tickets are $25 and benefit Greenbriar, a local nonprofit that cares for and shelters abused, neglected and runaway children in the Coastal Empire.
The concert will feature many local youth choirs, including the Savannah Children’s Choir, Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts, Savannah Classical Academy, Butler Elementary, Hesse K-8, Islands High School and the Savannah Christian Prep Show Choir.
Emery says the concert finale will feature all the participating choirs on stage together performing “Joy to the World,” conducted by baritone Kyle Siddons, director of the choral program at Savannah Classical Academy.
“That performance will probably be a sing-a-long with the audience,” Emery explains. “We are also going to have an emcee, Hale Bishop. He’s the minister at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, and his wife Meg Bishop is expected to also sing some holiday songs.”
When asked what she hopes the community will gain from this concert, Emery says, “I hope they will walk away feeling very happy and getting in the holiday spirit. I also want the kids who participate to have the feeling they are helping other kids.”
She explains that Greenbriar provides a variety of services to the community, including the shelter for children ages 12 to 17 who are “abandoned or abused or just need a place to live.”
“There are also two preschools, and a program that provides a transitional living space for kids who have aged out of foster care but are still not quite ready to be on their own who are ages 18 to 21 years old,” Emery said. “And there is a supervisor that lives in the building that helps them with work, career planning and is a college advisor to them. It's such a wonderful organization working with kids in need and helping them get ready for school. It just touches my heart.”
Emery added that providing Christmas presents to the families in Greenbriar's care is a top priority for their holiday fundraising, so if you aren’t able to attend the concert, you can still donate to the cause at greenbriarchildrenscenter.org or Facebook: GreenbriarChildrensCenter.