Cheryl Redmond has been involved with the Pittsburgh Symphony Association since 2009 and its affiliate Pittsburgh Symphony North since 1999, and is the driving force behind a new PSN fundraiser, the Sewickley Shop Walk that brings together community, local businesses, music, and the PSO in a new, synergistic event that Cheryl hopes will become annual. Both the PSA and the PSN are energetic and devoted fundraising organizations, and this event illustrates the kind of work and imagination the members bring to bear. The PSA has raised more than $7 million over its 75-year history.
Cheryl said of the Shop Walk, “It is a day to support our world-famous PSO, filled with activities, shopping and music in the charming village of Sewickley. For only $40 the shoppers receive free parking, 20% discounts at 42 participating stores, musical recitals and concerts at the Center for Young Musicians, but most important, it is a day for the village of Sewickley and the surrounding areas to come together and support the PSO. Where else will you find an entire village working together like this for a common cause! Please come and join us and support our world-renowned PSO.” There is also a raffle of items donated by the shops of Sewickley, which does not require a reservation for Shop Walk; anyone can purchase raffle tickets. There is also an online auction that will remain open until the end of the Shop Walk. For reservations and more information on the raffles and auction, please visit http://www.psa75.org/p/psa-affiliates.html
A lifelong musician herself, Cheryl taught piano for many years before retiring with her husband Jim to travel the world and enjoy their retreat home in the Allegheny Mountains north of Williamsport, where they have become involved with forest sustainability and work with a Penn State forest steward program. Soon after the Shop Walk ends Aug. 2, Cheryl and Jim will leave for a tour of Northern Europe.
Cheryl knows her classical music, and says of the PSO, “I feel so blessed that we have this world-class orchestra and these wonderful musicians in our city! They add so much to our lives through their PSO concerts, but also through their outreach to the surrounding villages and boroughs. They are eager to share their music with anyone who asks. They are wonderful ambassadors around the world for Pittsburgh and the United States.
We need music in our lives. It calms us in moments of stress, brings happiness to those in need, brings people and families together. This is what the musicians of the PSO do for us. That is why I love the PSO.”
Thank you, Cheryl, we love you too!