A special holiday collaboration by some of Loudoun’s most popular musicians drew a large audience—and significant contributions to support area charities—during its Dec. 19 debut. 

The program’s online streaming and community fundraising will continue to the year’s end. The program, filmed at Morven Park’s Winmill Carriage Museum, features Juliana MacDowell, Emma Rowley, Jason Masi, King St.,Gary Smallwood, The Loudoun County High School String Quartet and The Master Singers of Virginia.

“We would like to thank all the musicians, volunteers, sponsors, the production team, and all who supported our 2020 Hope for the Holidays music special. We were blown away by the overwhelming support and online donations,” Ara Bagdasarian, co-founder of BENEFIT, said. “We hope that all the community members who tuned in to view the special enjoyed the presentation, and we thank them for helping support several local nonprofit organizations.”

“We were absolutely thrilled with the production,” Amy Bobchek, co-founder of BENEFIT, said. “All the musicians donated their time and talent for the music special, and we are so grateful to them. BENEFIT’s mission is to use the power of music to raise funds for nonprofit organizations serving children in Loudoun County. The feedback we have received has been incredibly positive. 

“The program is available for viewing at www.BENEFIT.live, so those who are interested in watching it, or watching it again, can still do so. And giving to support the nonprofit organizations is still available, as well. We have decided to extend donations to December 31 and will award funding to the nonprofit organizations in mid-January,” she said.

Funds raised through the 2020 Hope for the Holidays online music special will be awarded to seven nonprofit organizations: Loudoun CaresLoudoun Citizens for Social Justice/Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS)Loudoun Literacy Council,  INMED Partnerships for ChildrenProject Horse Empowerment CenterRyan Bartel Foundation, and Women Giving Back.