How young musicians performing at the mall help grieving children

5:54 p.m Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 Local
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VITAS Healthcare held its its 5th annual ChildrenÂ’s Holiday Music-Thon two years ago at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. Children raised thousands of dollars through pledges, sponsors and direct donations during the event to benefit Camp VITAS, a bereavement camp that provides support to children and teens who have lost a loved one. This year's event is set for Dec. 16. PHOTO BY Joshua Prezant

More than 150 young musicians will take turns performing for 10 hours straight to help raise money for a camp for grieving children.

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The guitarists, pianists, violinists and other musicians who are 5 to 17 years old will play their respective instruments from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Nordstrom Court at The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Dec. 16. 

A children’s guitar ensemble starts at 12:30.

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The Music-Thon in its seventh year has raised thousands of dollars for Camp VITAS, a camp for children who have lost a loved one. VITAS has been able to send more than 200 children to the overnight camp for free because of the concert.

The performers and their teachers raise money through pledges before the event, but donations are welcome.

VITAS Community Connection, the charitable arm of VITAS Healthcare, sponsors the Music-Thon. VITAS provides end-of-life care and grief support.

Thomas A. Dalton, the company’s music therapist, will lead the musicians. He uses music to help children and adults transform their physical, mental and spiritual health, according to a news release.

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