Diamondbacks organist wins over scholarship fans

By: 
MARLA LEVINE, Special to Peoria Times

Photo by Marla Levine
Arizona Diamondbacks’ organist, Bobby Freeman, along with vocal accompaniment by his wife, Charlene Freeman, hit a high note when they swing by The Forum at Desert Harbor’s 29th Annual Scholarship Fund Kickoff Concert.

The Forum at Desert Harbor was abuzz with scores of generous contributors at a “Planting the Seeds of Learning” themed 29th Annual Scholarship Fund Kickoff Concert, which cultivated $14,000 in resident donations.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ organist Bobby Freeman, with vocal accompaniment by his wife, Charlene Freeman, hit a high note at the first pitch of the 2019-20 Scholarship Fund season. Playing with the team for 20 years, Bobby Freeman takes pride in the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation’s commitment to giving back to the community.

“Thank you for your generosity for a great cause, The Forum Scholarship Fund,” Bobby Freeman announced. “Enjoy the music, food and fun. Even if you don’t win a raffle prize, the scholars are winners.”

Picking up on the garden theme, the Freemans’ swinging concert was popping with popular tunes, such as “Garden Party,” “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” “Lollipops and Roses,” “Blue Gardenia,” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me).”

The kickoff concert marks the first pitch by the 2019-20 Scholarship Fund Committee to raise monies to be awarded as scholarships to qualified employees. The annual event gleaned $14,000 from resident donations, raffle ticket sales, and a garden boutique, which will continue to grow throughout the year until the scholarships are presented in May 2019.

A team of dedicated Forum residents comprise the Scholarship Fund Committee, including co-chairpersons Bill and Jean Anderman, vice chairperson Martha Vickers, treasurer Nancy Zink, and committee members Joanne Aldrich, Lorraine Battis, Arlene Chernell, Evelyn Collen, Shery Goodman, Lynn Kieser, Bob Nelson, Joyce Nichols and Barbara Schreiner.

Since The Forum Scholarship Fund was founded in October 1991, Forum residents have contributed to a total of 391 scholarships, funding more than $583,785 for tuition and books.

To learn more about the scholarship tax exempt program, contact The Forum at Desert Harbor’s Lifestyle 360 program director, Margie O’Boyle, at 623-972-0995.

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