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1/23/2014 9:56:00 AM
Concert raises more than $2,600 for Cora Peters' family

Katlyn Rumbold
Princeton Bureau Chief

PRINCETON — In honor of Cora Peters and her courageous battle with Stage 4 Synovial Sarcoma, the Princeton High School Concert Choir, along with the Vandercook College of Music Choir, hosted a benefit concert Sunday evening and raised more than $2,000 for the Peters family.

Brandon Crawford, director of music at PHS and a Vandercook College alumni, said even though he didn’t personally know Cora Peters, she was an inspiration to all, thus making it an easy decision to give the total $2,530 to her family.

“To my knowledge this is the first benefit concert that we have had,” said Crawford. “From my persepective, it was amazing how much money we raised, especially since she wasnt a PHS student. I personally didn’t meet her, but read a lot of stuff about her online and in the newspapers. She seemed like a very inspiring young lady to a lot of people.”

The concert itself had a pretty good turnout with close to 150 people in attendance. Admission was an at-will donation, and PHS principal Andy Berlinski said the outpouring of support was fantastic.

“It was a great night for the concert, but more importantly to raise money for Cora’s family,” he said. “The turnout and outpouring of support was fantastic.”

At Wednesday’s school board meeting, Berlinski said some last-minute donations brought the total to more than $2,600.

Looking into the future, Crawford looks forward in sharing their gift of music in order to help others.

“It’s something that I’d definitely do again,” explained Crawford of hosting another benefit concert. “There’s nothing better for me than to give my students opportunities to perform, but it makes it even better when it’s for a great cause. It just shows us that we are all human, and have compassion for others. It’s all about helping others and being a positive figure.”

Katlyn Rumbold can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or

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