The Lincoln Middle School Choir was awarded a philanthropic grant from the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) to help fund their choir trip to the America Sings! Music Festival in Washington, DC.

Lincoln Middle School Choir Director Beverly Tarbox said, “We are extremely grateful to the Berwyn Development Corporation for helping us provide this amazing opportunity to our students. Thank you!”

America Sings inspires young people involved in the arts to use their time and talents to help others. The children spend a weekend performing music, hearing choirs from around the country, making sandwiches for homeless shelters and preparing school supply backpacks for needy children. To conclude the festival, the participants gather for a Massed-Choir Finale Celebration.

BDC Board Treasurer Nora Laureto stated, “On behalf of the BDC and Philanthropic Committee, we are pleased to be a part of this wonderful event celebrating music and the importance of community service among youth. Educators are encouraged to apply for a BDC philanthropic grant so we can continue to make a positive and meaningful impact on Berwyn’s next generation.”

Lincoln Middle School’s mission is to create a safe environment where students can learn to become responsible and respectful citizens. They strive to provide every opportunity for students to develop an appreciation for cultural diversity and promote a sense of leadership within the community. Through a student-centered interdisciplinary approach, they use a variety of teaching strategies and technology to create an environment that fosters an enthusiasm for learning, prepares students for the 21st century and encourages students to become life-long learners. For more information on Lincoln Middle School, please call (708) 795-2475 or visit

About the BDC Philanthropic Program
The Berwyn Development Corporation provides charitable contributions to causes within the Berwyn community. The BDC makes awards to local not-for-profit public charities, giving priority to those efforts that positively impact economic vitality, provide services directly to beneficiaries, address root problems and serve disenfranchised groups.

Berwyn headquartered not-for-profits can make application for funding throughout the year as needs arise with awards based upon available BDC funding. For more details regarding the philanthropic program, call the BDC at 708-788-8100 or visit

Special thanks to our BDC Trustees that help make these grants possible: Byline Bank, MacNeal Hospital, Morton College, Paisans Pizzeria & Bar, Republic Bank of Chicago, Turano Baking Company and World’s Largest Laundromat.

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