Submitted by The Bridge Music Project

On Thursday October 17 The Bridge Music Project will be hosting their Third Annual Community Reception at The Hub at Lacey. Mingle and mix with members Thurston County community as they come together to support the work of The Bridge Music Project.

This gala will be emceed by community figure, Jerry Farmer and will include a welcoming by Andy Ryder, the Mayor of Lacey. The event will feature beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and inspiration.

The reception will feature a brief performance from youth from The Bridge with members of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. This past summer members of the Olympia Symphony collaborated with youth from The Bridge to create two original songs showcasing rap and melodic vocals alongside classical string instruments.

“Music bridges generations, circumstances, and backgrounds — and allows us the opportunity to be one voice. By performing together, we hope to inspire others to see beyond differences and celebrate harmony and unity,” says Jennifer Herman, Executive Director of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra.

Connie Phegley and Kenny Pugh, the owners of Old School Pizzeria will also be presented with The Bridge’s annual “Award of Appreciation” at the Community Reception.

“Connie and Kenny have been true friends and community partners to our organization,” says Bobby Williams, Executive Director of The Bridge Music Project, “For the past five years they have supported our youth by providing pizza. Having the basic need of being fed allows our group to purely focus on the creative process.”

The community reception will also feature a raffle with an opportunity to win a $1000 shopping spree to Panowicz Jewelers. This event is made possible by the generous support of organizations including: Panowicz Jewelers, Well 80, Veers Wine Distributing, Olympia Federal Savings, Olympic Comics and Cards, and Olympia Veterinary Specialist: The Cancer Center.

The Bridge Music Project is a Thurston County based non-profit organization that teaches youth how music and writing can be used as tools to deal with life’s challenges. This work is done through songwriting workshops where youth work together as teams to write, record, and perform original music that shares their stories. Many of the youth who participate in The Bridge’s workshops have experienced situations like foster care, homelessness, and incarceration.

To RSVP to the community Reception or buy a Panowicz Jewelers raffle ticket visit the Event Brite website.

To learn more about The Bridge Music Project visit,


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