LAKE TWP.  A Chorus for a Cause and The Harmony Ringers performed at several Christmas free concerts around the county. The Harmony Ringers performed in two concerts called "The Joy of Christmas," while A Chorus for a Cause performed two concerts called "The Gift of Christmas."

A Chorus for a Cause is an 80-member chorus and was voted the 2016 and 2015 Best Performance Group in Stark County by readers of "About" magazine. The group was performing on Dec. 17 to a packed house at the Advent Lutheran Church in Uniontown.

The melodic voices worked together to create a magical afternoon of Christmas music. They performed several holiday favorites such as "Silent Night," "Star of Wonder," "The Twelve Days of a Re-gifted Christmas" and "The First Noel."

The audience got involved with "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly." Accompanists included guest celloist Josh Williams and guest pianist Sandy Simpson and Mark Thewes, who is part of the group.

A Chorus for a Cause was founded in 2009. It started performing concerts several times a year to raise money for charitable organizations. The first performance in the fall of 2009, according to www.achorusforacause.org, was to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Northeast Ohio Affiliate for breast cancer awareness. 

The concert was called "Sing for the Cure, A Proclamation of Hope" and was performed to a near capacity audience at Umstattd Hall. A Chorus for a Cause has been invited to sing with other choruses from around the country at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and perform at the 10th Anniversary concert of "Sing for the Cure."

The group performs to raise money for non-profit groups such as the American Heart Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Association, the local Domestic Violence Project and the Special Olympics of Stark County organizations in addition to Susan G. Komen Foundation. It has raised and donated close to $60,000 to non-profits through the years.  

The Harmony Ringers was formed in 2011 and is under the umbrella of A Chorus for a Cause. The "ringers" perform music using handbells.

Visit http://www.achorusforacause.org or www.harmonyringersofoh.org for details on both groups and for next year’s schedule of performances.