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Concert to benefit local family's memorial fund



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The Brimfield Bells will perform on Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m. during the sixth annual Molly Frances Watson Memorial Hand Bell Concert. Residents are encouraged to make donations at the concert to the Songs of Love Foundation. (click for larger version)
May 01, 2011
BRIMFIELD — Members of the Brimfield Bells invite residents to attend the sixth annual Molly Frances Watson Memorial Hand Bell Concert on Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Brimfield.

The Brimfield Bells is a memorial hand bell choir that was founded in 2003 by Vivian Wells and Paul Watson in memory of their infant daughter, Molly Frances Watson, who suffered from a rare blood disease called Langerhan's cell hystiocytosis. The Brimfield Bells is comprised of 12 members, each of whom has a donated bell that is inscribed with special dedications to the friends and loved ones of the individuals who sent them.

"Inside each handle, there is a special inscription," Watson said. "For the first couple of octaves we purchased to get started, we dedicated half of the bells in memory of our daughter, Molly, who had recently passed away. The other half of the initial bell purchase was dedicated in memory of my mother, Frances Watson, from my father. Since that time, numerous bells have been purchased from various donors in memory or in honor of someone."

The concert is free to residents, but all guests are encouraged to make a donation that will be given to the Songs of Love Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating original personalized songs for children who suffer from serious illnesses. John Beltzer, the President of the Songs of Love Foundation, came up with the idea to write personalized songs back in 1996 and the organization has since produced thousands of songs for children. Each CD created by the Songs of Love Foundation is produced by professional singers with lyrics referring to a child's name, as well as his or her favorite activities and hobbies. Songs are written and performed in multiple languages and musical styles, including rap, rock, R&B, alternative, etc.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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