Music and medicine unite on March 24 at Doctors in Recital, a fundraiser showcasing the musical talents of local medical professionals as they raise money for community programs.
The beneficiary of this year’s program is the Fox Valley Memory Project (FVMP), which collaborates with other organizations to offer programs and services that improve the quality of life for people with dementia, as well as their care partners.
From singing to jazz trumpet to clarinet, audience members can expect to see a diverse representation of musical styles and instruments at the event. Jazz singer Steve March-Tormé recruits the physicians and also serves as the event’s master of ceremonies.
Susan McFadden, who helped establish FVMP in 2011, says Doctors in Recital supports the mission of the organization both financially and philosophically.
“We try to bring joy and meaning to the lives of people living with dementia,” she says. “There is definitely a connection between music and well-being.”
A silent auction will include items such as a Packers helmet signed by Aaron Rogers and antique sheet music from the 1920s. Heid Music, the event sponsor, donated a ukulele to be given as a door prize. Last year, Doctors in Recital netted about $22,000 for FVMP. This year’s goal is to top $35,000.
“This is our only fundraiser of the year,” McFadden says. “We really count on it to be successful.”
Doctors In Recital will take place at James Perry Hall at UW-Fox Valley on Midway Road in Menasha on March 24. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception begins at 6 p.m. The 90-minute concert is at 7 p.m. with a dessert reception to follow.
Tickets can be purchased at Heid Music in Appleton and Oshkosh as well as online at foxvalleymemoryproject.org.