Butler Presents Excelsior Award For Excellence To Local Chorus

Herkimer Area Resource Center Chorus Presented with Award
June 6, 2007

In commemoration of Disability Awareness Day, Assemblyman Marc Butler (R,C,I-Newport) presented the “Excelsior Award for Excellence” to the Herkimer Area Resource Center Chorus.

The Excelsior Award for Excellence is awarded to residents from across the state who have succeeded despite their disabilities. The award honors the extraordinary achievements and public service of those who have overcome physical and other personal challenges.

“The Chorus is one of the many services HARC provides that helps members of the community with disabilities. Both the audience and the members get a thrill out of every performance. I am pleased to present this award to such a special group of people,” said Assemblyman Butler.

In the early 1990’s, a group of family members, volunteers and individuals with special needs got together and created the HARC Chorus as a way to socialize and share their love for music and singing. What started as a recreational activity has grown into a full-fledged musical group that travels throughout the Mohawk Valley, treating numerous crowds to their talents.

The chorus sung at area churches, local nursing homes, senior citizen apartment complexes, Civil War reenactments and functions at the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition and the Valley United Way. One of their favorite engagements is to sing at the Bartimus Coffee House, a monthly get together for people with disabilities celebrating friendship and music.