Thursday, April 4, 2013
Maria Vondas didn't win the title of Citizen of the Year, but she still walked away with a sizable donation for Christianpalooza, a charity she created to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Maria Vondas might not have won Direct Energy’s Citizen of the Year Award, but she still walked away from the award ceremony with a sizable donation for the Make-a-Wish Foundation in the name of Christianpalooza. The Brookline native was a finalist for the Citizen of the Year Award for her work with Christianpalooza, an annual festival she created in memory of her son, Christian, to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Although she did not win the top award, Vondas still earned $1,125 for being a finalist. She said the money will be donated directly to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, under the Christianpalooza name. "I didn't win, but I met some remarkable people," Vondas said in an email to Dormont-Brookline Patch. "I'm so excited." …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Dormont Elementary School will present the musical twice today, Thursday, Dec. 13.
Students from Dormont Elementary School will present a classic Christmas tale twice today, Thursday, Dec. 13. The first show of "Yes, Virginia: The Musical" is at 9:30 a.m. If you can't make the morning performace, the play runs again this evening at 7 p.m. The musical is based on the story "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," and is being produced at the elementary school with help from a Macy's Believe Program Grant. For details about the show and the grant program, check out this article, which was published earlier this week. Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email Newsletter.
Monday, December 10, 2012
The elementary school will present the beloved Christmas tale on Thursday evening.
In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper asking a simple question: Is there a Santa Claus? The editor's answer—"Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus"—has been told and retold in storybooks and cartoons, and now Dormont Elementary School will present the live-action play. "Yes Virginia: The Musical" will run at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Dormont Elementary School. Dormont Elementary was one of 100 schools across the nation that received a $1,000 grant from Macy's to help with the production costs of putting on the play. Macy's also made the script and musical score for the play available to the schools for free. First-year music teacher Rob Naser applied for the grant and is …