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Saturday's fundraiser will benefit Montessori

WORTHINGTON -- Leann Enninga is looking forward to a twist in her St. Patrick's Day celebration, and rightfully so.

Enninga, chairwoman of the Worthington Montessori, said "Music for Montessori" -- a concert fundraiser -- is scheduled for Saturday at BenLee's Café.

The event is the product of several community members collaborating for a cause.

Saturday's concert will feature community member Bill Keitel.

Late last year, he and Enninga met at an event where they spoke briefly about the Montessori.

"I'm a strong believer of the tenets of a Montessori," Keitel said, explaining his children had previously attended Worthington Montessori. "I've wanted to perform for some time, but I wanted to perform for a purpose. It's a nice fit for the Montessori."

Enninga said they approached Deb Petersen, owner of BenLee's Café, with the idea.

"Working with Deb was amazing. Although she had never done something like this before, she said she was willing to experiment," Enninga said.

Keitel, using a resonator guitar and a charango, will be primarily performing Calypso tunes ranging from the 1930s to the 1950s.

"A charango is a South American instrument almost like a ukulele," he explained.

Keitel said his performance will include engaging with children in the audience.

"I'm looking forward to it because I don't get to play for my hometown audience a lot." he said.

Montessori students will also have a part in Saturday's concert -- singing "One Wide River."

"Music for Montessori" was organized with several goals in mind,

"We're a non-profit so we're always hoping to raise dollars for the school," Enninga explained. "Material is always a needed commodity and the older ones are in need of change."

In the realm of possibility is the opportunity to offer Montessori programming to more families in the community, she added.

"We know that the demographics have changed over the years and that is a big concern for us," she said. "We're aware that we can't serve the entire population because of the cost of attendance."

One way to cater to various demographic groups is to provide partial scholarships.

"That's extremely important because we want a community where all students can have the same opportunities to be educated," Enninga said. "All statistics are absolutely clear that pre-school education is the most important part of a child's education."

"Music for Montessori" will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at BenLee's Café with a baked potato bar, buffet-style dinner. The hour-long performance is set for 6:30 p.m. There is a cost for attendance. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

For more information, call Leann Enninga at 360-3139 or 376-3669.

Daily Globe reporter Ana Anthony can be reached at 376-7321.