A dozen of Cornell University's a cappella groups will perform at Cornell's Bailey Hall on Friday night, offering a rare opportunity to see many of these popular acts sing together. Proceeds from the seventh annual "A Cappella United" performance will benefit the United Way of Tompkins County.
Cornell has a long history of a cappella performances, from casual "arch sings" in the Balch Hall archway on North Campus, to popular shows that pack large auditoriums. Groups performing in the show are Absolute, After Eight, CallbaXX, Cayuga's Waiters, Chordials, Class Notes, Hangovers, Hearsay, Key Elements, Last Call, Nothing But Treble, and Touchtones.
United Way of Tompkins County officially kicked off its 2013-2014 campaign last Friday with the Stephen E. Garner Day of Caring. The event served as the assembly point for nonperishable food, personal care items, and pet and school supplies that were collected on college campuses and around town over the course of the month. Volunteers at the Stewart Park event last Friday sorted a record 14,250 pounds of donated items. "The food and supplies drive items, I am told, amount to about a ton more than we have ever collected," said KyuJung Whang, vice president of facilities at Cornell and co-chair of Cornell's United Way campaign. "I was so encouraged to see boxes overflowing all around campus," he said.
Also at the Day of Caring event, United Way of Tompkins County organizers announced their goal for the 2013-2014 campaign is $2,088,000. Cornell reaches out to all staff each fall to encourage donations and pledges to the United Way. Pledge cards, which allow staff to make donations to United Way campaigns in other counties if they wish, will be distributed next month.
Tickets for the show Friday night are available at BaileyTickets.com for $9. The show begins at 7pm at Bailey Hall, at the north end of Garden Avenue.