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Trio Raising Awareness, Funding for Immigrant Families

by and on November 02, 2019 11:24 AM

According to her teacher, State College 10th grader Nora Goudie has a golden voice and she is using that voice to give back during her first solo recital.

Goudie, along with friends Brendan Locke and Andres Aradillas-Fernandez, are performing at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 1795 W. College Ave., and all donations received will go to help local asylum/refugee families, something that Goudie feels passionate about.

“I love to perform, but something that I realized while working on this project is that it means so much more when there is something driving that performance,” said Goudie. “This project has become so much more than a concert to me. It means helping other people and allowing them the chance to exercise the freedoms that every person should have.”

Goudie’s mom, Tina Chen, is proud that her daughter has found a way to use her passion for performance in order to make a difference in the world.

“I’m so proud of how Nora has embraced this opportunity to bring attention to the issue of asylum-seeking immigrants,” said Chen. “It has been fantastic to see her collaborating with Brendan and Andres and it gives me hope and happiness to see young people providing such leadership. It is always wonderful to see Nora perform. She clearly has a passion for performance. But it is even more wonderful to see her using her talents to support those in need of help.”

Carol Pharo is the director of the Academy of Performing Arts in State College and Goudie’s teacher. She performed in a similar benefit concert with a student in October.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations at the door will be received in the form of cash, checks (made payable to Charlotte Eubanks, and marked “Help Network” on the memo line), online donations via the ACLU, GoFundMe and Weis Market gift cards.

According to a press release about the event, several struggling immigrant families have located in Centre County, following release from detention centers. They are registered with the government and seeking asylum.

Filing for a work permit with the U.S. Government takes considerable time, energy, money and having all the documentation correctly prepared. The families rely on charitable contributions for food, transportation to ICE appointments and medical express.

“Music is a language that everyone can understand,” said Goudie. “I hope that through the music Brendan, Andres and I make, we can bring people in our community together. Changing the world means doing what we can in our own communities.”


This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Vincent Corso is writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.
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