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Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra concert to aid Family Promise of Forsyth County
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A local nonprofit dedicated to ending family homelessness is partnering with the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra to raise money for its cause.

Family Promise of Forsyth County Inc., an offshoot of the national faith-based organization, along with the orchestra, will perform a concert, titled “The Sounds of a Mediterranean Spring,” on Saturday, March 18 at the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church.

The show will feature The Atlanta Guitar Trio and pianist Dawn Hawk, and select performances include a Vivaldi guitar concerto, among others.

“We have two big fundraisers a year and one is a concert series with two or three concerts,” said Mary Temple, public relations chair for Family Promise. “The other is the bed race, and proceeds [for both] go to helping our families, whether it’s child care so that moms and dads can go to work, gas money or general expenses.

“We’re really lucky in that we partner with The Place of Forsyth County, but part of the money will go to a place of our own. We are desperately seeking a forever home for Family Promise to relocate to.”

Family Promise runs a program to house parents and their children who are suffering from homelessness by rotating them between 13 churches, providing meals and transportation to school for age-appropriate children.

During the day, parents and young children go to a day center — currently at The Place — to receive child care and workforce development,

financing counseling and other educational classes.

Family Promise and the orchestra are also hosting a VIP pre-concert reception, Temple said.

“This is our first endeavor of this size, so we’ve really gone out there and partnered with ASO to do this concert,” she said. “We’ve gone a little bit out of our comfort zone to put this together, but it will be a night to get dressed up and have a great experience.”

Tickets for the concert are $20, with VIP tickets $40. They can be purchased online at