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SAWC Performs at First-Responders Appreciation Party on 9-11

Sunday, September 11, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC-7

The Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus will perform at the 5th Annual First-Responders Appreciation Block Party to be held on 9-11. Businesses and churches in northwest Tucson are joining together to host the event on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Mountain View Retirement Village, 7900 N. La Canada Dr. Guests of honor will include first responders from Golder Ranch Fire District, Mountain Vista Fire District, Oro Valley Police Department, Pima County Sherriff’s Department, Rural Metro Fire District, University of Arizona Police Department and the U.S. Border Patrol.

A BBQ-style luncheon will be served at from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who are on duty can even “drive through” to pick up their free meal. A variety of emergency vehicles and first-responder demonstrations will be available for viewing and photo opportunities.

Musical entertainment will feature SAWC and other vocal groups and musicians. Terrie Ashbaugh is the longtime artistic director of the chorus as well as director of worship at Ascension Lutheran Church and School. This chorus has been performing throughout the region for 35 years. This summer SAWC travel to France as the only chorus invited to perform at ceremonies commemorating the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy and changed the course of World War II.

Opening activities include a color guard, Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the national anthem and speakers – including Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, Pima County Sherriff Chris Nanos and Mountain Vista Fire Chief Cheryl Horvath – reflecting on the importance of first responders.

In addition to Mountain View Retirement Village, the event is sponsored by La Canada Care Center, Mountain View Care Center, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and Ascension Lutheran Church.

In the spirit of a true block party, residents and staff of the retirement village and care centers, and members of both congregations, are invited to attend, as well as residents of the La Canada/Magee neighborhoods.

The SAWC repertoire spans from classical music to Broadway, folk, jazz, spiritual, seasonal and other popular songs. SAWC is a member of the Arizona Choral Arts Association, which Ashbaugh founded. For more information about SAWC, visit or call (520) 404-3148.


Sunday, September 11, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC-7



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