60K In One Day: Chorus Niagara Singathon Exceeds Expectations
The donations are in! Chorus Niagara, Niagara’s premiere symphonic chorus raised $60,000.00 in one day during
Singathon 2015 held in the Seaway Mall in Welland. For the ninth consecutive year Chorus Niagara presented a
day-long concert featuring guest conductors from the community. The annual singathon raises funds to support the
Chorus's concert season. Fundraising is critical this year as the Chorus prepares to make its new home in the
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines.
The organization's goal of $50,000.00 was exceeded to the delight of Singathon Committee chair Claudia Meyer
who noted the many hours prior to the concert logged by the choir to rehearse, gather sponsorships, promote
and organize the event. Mike Belcastro, president of the Seaway Mall was on-hand during the day with his team
to make sure everything ran smoothly and provided a wonderful environment for the audience and the choir.
Belcastro has hosted the event at Seaway Mall since 2010, when Chorus Niagara performed the now world famous
flash-mob in the mall food court - putting the Seaway Mall on the international map with more than 46 million
hits on YouTube.
Guest conductors highlighted the event again this year. Welland Mayor Frank Campion donned his white gloves
after some instruction from Chorus Artistic Director Robert Cooper, and led the choir with great flair and gusto.
Other guest conductors included Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn, RBC Wealth Advisor Mel Groom and members of
the audience. Chorus Niagara extends our thanks to the many individuals who supported this successful event.