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‘Spanish Serenade’ to provide education to Kenyan girls

Guitarist Fareed Haque will perform at at Feb. 3 fundraiser for Friends of Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls. This year's theme is "Spanish Serenade."
Guitarist Fareed Haque will perform at at Feb. 3 fundraiser for Friends of Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls. This year's theme is "Spanish Serenade."

Friends of Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls will hold its second annual wine, cheese and chocolate fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St. in Sycamore.

The theme this year is “Spanish Serenade.” World-renowned classical guitarist and Northern Illinois University School of Music professor Fareed Haque, flamenco guitarist Andrea Salcedo, and DeKalb native and violin virtuoso Hanna Bingham will present a program of Spanish music from the renaissance to the present.

Certified wine specialist John McIntyre from Hy-Vee will lead guests in tasting wines paired with cheeses and chocolates. A fair trade crafts market, silent auction, cash wine bar and a raffle with tickets to a Chicago Cubs game are among the items included in the evening.

Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls (JAMS) provides a high school education to poor and orphaned girls in rural western Kenya, Africa. The school was founded by Kenyans who now live in DeKalb and return every year to give back to their original community. The founders, Teresa Wasonga and Andrew Otieno, are Presidential Engagement Professors at NIU. Friends of JAMS is a DeKalb area nonprofit organization with the mission of raising awareness, friends and funds for JAMS.

Proceeds fund scholarships for needy girls and agricultural entrepreneurship projects at the school.

Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door, or get 10 tickets at a discount rate of $250. Tickets can be purchased online at https://dekalbcountytickets.ticketforce.com or call the DeKalb County Tickets box office at 815-758-1225. Box office hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, or leave a message.

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