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Fundraising for a Cause

Crosstown Harmony embarked on a new fundraiser this past summer and it was a kickin success. Crosstown members collected 114 bags of shoes. That's 2,848 pairs or a total weight of 2,752 pounds! Because of systemic poverty in many developing countries around the world, working-age adults have to create their own economic opportunities.The shoes we've collected serve as a philanthropic bridge to give people a hand-up and work opportunity. Micro-entrepreneurs set up small businesses. They sell the shoes we've gathered in their communities, which creates business and commerce opportunities leading to sustainability.

Coaching Fun!

Crosstown Harmony welcomed special guest coaches Karen Sweeters and her sister Gina Kaiser to share their knowledge and skills in barbershop during our semi-annual weekend retreat. With over 35 years in Sweet Adelines International, Karen has gone from singing "on the risers" to directing Harmony on the Sound, 15 time North Atlantic Region 1 Champions, located in Trumball, Conneticut. She's also a Certified Judge in the Expression Category and has escalated to the top level of Sweet Adelines musicianship as a Master Director. Gina Kaiser is a Visual Specialist, Choreographer and Showmanship Judge extraordinaire. Together these two lead Crosstown in a weekend of learning and fun. Thank you!

An afternoon with The Amazing Gray's Social Club

The Amazing Gray's Social Club Luncheon's is a ministry partnership with North Cape Lutheran Church as an outreach to the senior citizens in the community. Monthly events include entertainment, informational speakers and nutritious, homemade meals. Crosstown harmony was delighted to be invited to entertain this group! For more information about how you can join us and the Gray's Social Club visit their website

Singing Valentine's

To us, there is no better gift than music. That's why we spend our Valentine's Day delivering Singing Valentines throughout the SE WI area. The smiles, the tears, and the joy it brings to the recipients is moving. Consider buying a Singing Valentine for your loved one next year!



Coaching with the best!

Crosstown Harmony welcomed special guest Gina Kaiser to rehearsal for an evening of learning and fun! Gina is a Visual Specialist, Choreographer and Showmanship Judge extraordinaire. She gave us a great visual plan for our upcoming competition. We can't wait to show off what we've learned on the competition stage.

Bringing the music to Brenwood Park

Crosstown Harmony loves to perform for the residents of the Brenwood Park Senior Community Center. It was an evening of joy, laughter and sing-along fun!

Tired of cutting grass, shoveling snow, having to replace expensive items in your home? Think about renting and leave the work to the friendly staff at Brenwood Park!! You can have FUN instead of WORK. Visit their website today for more information

Holiday fun at the West Allis Christkindlmarkt

The Christkindlmarkt was back at West Allis Farmers Market and Crosstown Harmony was there singing all your favorite Christmas carols.

Sponsored by the City of West Allis and Eat West Allis, Christkindlmarkt brings specialty food retailers and artisan crafters from around Wisconsin to West Allis for an unforgettable night of outdoor holiday shopping. There was live music, great food, wine and brews. We had a blast singing (and shopping!). For more information on this fun event visit their website: