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Choir Needs Help Paying for Olympic Trip

A local choir needs some help if they are going to make it to London.

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    Some local high school students have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but they need help from the community to realize their dream. 

    The Real Ambassadors, of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (GHAA), beat out thousands of vocal groups for an invitation to perform at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

    “We’re the only one that was chosen from that group,” said Dianne Mower, the choir’s director.

    The students in the group said they’re jazzed about the opportunity.

    “The Olympics was … like a fantasy. I, personally, didn’t expect any of it,” Jesse Crofton said.

    “I’ve always wanted to go to London. … To perform at the Olympics for all those people is going to be really good for us,” Chryssi Clements said.

    However, the choir needs money to get there.

    “We need about $70,000,” said Mower.

    Mower and the students are appealing to the public for help. 

    “All the prices have tripled -- hotels, airlines, everything,” added Mower.

    “If you can help us, please do. Give what you can,” said Clements.

    The jazz choir has been fund-raising and said it has received financial commitments from the community, but still have a long way to go to meet their goal by the last week of July.

    Clements is hopeful the Real Ambassadors will have what they need to cross the Atlantic and perform at the Olympics.

    “I know it’s going to take a lot of work, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to get there,” stated Clements.

    If you’d like to help the vocal group achieve their dream and go to London this summer, you can write a check to the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and write “Real Ambassadors” in the memo. You can also visit http://www.crec.org/grants/foundation/gift.php for more information.