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Worthy Cause

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Local harpist Dave Henry performed at Riddell National Bank Thursday. [Order this photo]
* Harpist donates money to pantry

Though his musical background is in the violin and viola, Dave Henry always knew he wanted to play the harp.

"It's the instrument that I wanted as a child," Henry said prior to a performance at Riddell National Bank Thursday. "As a fifth-grader, I knew I wanted to play the harp someday."

That day came in 2002, when Henry built his own harp, a Paraguayan.

For the past eight years, Henry has played the instrument, teaching himself along the way.

The lessons have paid off as Henry has recorded two CDs, "Peaceful Meditations," and "Peaceful Christmas."

"Peaceful Meditations," includes songs such as "Amazing Grace," and "Rock of Ages," while "Peaceful Christmas," includes classics such as "Silent Night," and "Joy To The World."

Both CDs were recorded in the fall of 2010 in Marshall, Ill., at the Lucky K Studios.

Henry was at Riddell National Bank for the holiday performance Thursday, his second at the bank.

While there, he offered copies of the two CDs for monetary donations, all of which would go to the Clay County Emergency Food Pantry.

Henry said the idea came after a discussion with Riddell National Bank President Mike Lawson and Executive Vice President Steve Kidwell.

The three talked about ways to raise money for a needy charity and the food pantry immediately came to mind.

Henry -- a Fort Wayne native who moved to Brazil in 1998 -- said he enjoys playing the harp, both as a solo artist and as a member of RideTheWind.

"It's a matter of reminding people to relax," Henry said. "It's a chance to give back, free of charge. Music is an awesome thing.

"This harp offers angelic hope. It's such a beautiful instrument. Everybody loves the harp."

During Thursday's performance, the bank also offered those in attendance cake and punch.


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Awesome job Dave!!

-- Posted by RickS on Fri, Dec 23, 2011, at 8:09 AM


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