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Broadway Singer Participating in Belmont Arts Collaborative's Fundraiser

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Melissa Charles Melissa Charles
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

An organization that provides artists and civic groups in the Charlottesville area an affordable place to meet and perform is gearing up for one of its largest fundraisers of the year.

The Belmont Arts Collaborative (BAC) will host Something Wicked This Way Comes Saturday, September 8. The fundraiser will feature food, wines from more than 30 different countries, and a concert from Jennifer DiNoia, who played Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked.

DiNoia will sing songs from Wicked, but also from several other genres as well.

The fundraiser helps BAC keep its studio and meeting spaces affordable for groups like DMR Adventures and Charlottesville Playwrights Collective. The space is also home to the Belmont Carlton Neighborhood Association meetings and City Planning Commission meetings.

The upkeep of the studio costs more than $6,000, and a lot of this money comes from community's support.

"We have a lot more plans to make the space safer, more affordable, and also to be able to do more with what we have here. So we really do rely on that community support to keep it up and running and keep it up and running for the whole community," BAC President Melissa Charles said.

Jennifer DiNoia will also be teaching dance classes at the studio that are free and open to the public at 4:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 7.

The Something Wicked Comes This Way fundraiser will be held at the Belmont Arts Collaborative Studio from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

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