Friday, October 24, 2014


Mimi Klipstine
New Madison - Members of First Universalist Church of New Madison are proud to announce Darke County Humane Society has been chosen to receive all proceeds from the 14th annual Harvest Sounds benefit concert. The concert will be presented at 3pm, Sunday, November 2, at First Universalist Church of New Madison, 331 East Washington St., New Madison.

The Darke County Humane Society, whose mission it is to instill humane principles and enforce laws for the prevention of cruelty, especially to children and animals, was founded in 1953. DCHS is an all-volunteer organization which cares for injured, abused, and unwanted animals. The Humane Officer is trained and has the responsibility of prosecuting any person guilty of an act of cruelty to people or animals. Funding is received through donations, bequests, grants and fundraising. The funds received are used to pay for expenses such as veterinary services, food, shelter, medicine and a spay/neuter assistance program.

Performing at Harvest Sounds will be Salem, a quartet of singers who came together this past July as members of the Salem Church of God in Clayton, Ohio. Salem is an eclectic group, performs a cappela, and is composed of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and professions. Featured are Dan Garner as lead; Dyan Garner, tenor; Dave Middlestaedt, baritone; and Herb Peer, bass. The growing Salem repertoire includes favorite sacred and much-loved Southern Gospel music, bringing joy to the singers and to their audiences. At performances in churches and other venues, their music is their message, and they are eager to share their talent and love of life with those attending the Harvest Sounds concert.

Closing the program will be vocalist Mimi Klipstine. Until her last year of high school, Mimi attended school in West Milton, Ohio. She is a 2011 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy at Interlochen, Michigan, where she portrayed Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. During her senior year, she received the Stephen Schwartz Scholarship, awarded by the Human Race Theatre Co. of Dayton. Mimi is currently a senior Musical Theatre major at Wright State University where she has performed as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, and as Rose in Gypsy. She was Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at the Weathervane Playhouse, Newark, Ohio, and has performed in Sunday in the Park at Short North Stage, Columbus. This past summer Mimi was an apprentice at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, appearing in The Winter’s Tale. After college, she aspires to do work on Broadway, at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada, and with various national touring companies. At Harvest Sounds, she will be singing favorite show tunes accompanied by talented and well-known pianist Betty Lou Johansen of West Milton.

Tickets for Harvest Sounds remain at $8 and may be purchased from members of First Universalist, DCHS volunteers, and at the door the day of performance, with no charge for students through grade 12. Following the concert will be a reception and fall refreshments. For information please call 937-548-2480 or go to

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