Jan Muzik, center, looks at the new Spiritually Motivated CD, “A Journey Together,” with, from left, Erin Schumacher, Michael Veldman, and Gail Dennison at The Hormel Institute Wednesday. Spiritually Motivated will donate proceeds from “A Journey Together” to The Institute’s cancer research. -- Trey Mewes
Jan Muzik, center, looks at the new Spiritually Motivated CD, “A Journey Together,” with, from left, Erin Schumacher, Michael Veldman, and Gail Dennison at The Hormel Institute Wednesday. Spiritually Motivated will donate proceeds from “A Journey Together” to The Institute’s cancer research. -- Trey Mewes

Music group to donate to cancer research

Published 9:56am Monday, December 2, 2013

A local music group is donating the proceeds from its latest CD to The Hormel Institute to help fight cancer.

The group, Spiritually Motivated, hopes to sell 1,000 copies of its latest work, “A Journey Together,” to benefit cancer research.

“It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” said Michael Veldman, one of several members of Spiritually Motivated.

Spiritually Motivated, an off-shoot of the Adult Choir at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, began as an ecumenical choral group in 1997, under the guidance of choral director Jan Muzik. After a hiatus, the group recently was reborn when Jim King, of Eighth Avenue Recording in Austin, enlisted former members Michael Veldman, Erin Schumacher, Faye Bollingberg, Brendhan Wagner, Brian Bawek and Jan Muzik to lend their talents to create an album that gives all of its proceeds to cancer research.

“It is a privilege to work with friends who are so gifted, and to work with Jim,” Schumacher said.

Members of Spiritually Motivated and the people who helped put the CD together gathered at The Institute Wednesday to discuss “A Journey Together,” and to promote the Institute’s mission of cancer research.

“This is a very fun way for us to donate to fighting cancer,” King said.

Gail Dennison, The Institute’s director of public relations, said the donation is just one more reason why The Institute is grateful to be in Austin.

“Our community knows and supports what we do here, and our research benefits the community,” Dennison said.

Copies of the CD, available for $15, will be sold at Berg’s Nursery; Caribou Coffee; Coffee House on Main; Jim’s Market Place Foods; Philomathian; St. Augustine Church; Sterling Main Street; and The Hardy Geranium. All proceeds go to The Institute.


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