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Vets surprise soldier’s daughter

Group donates money for Disney trip

Courtney Clark receives a donation from Carrie Tromblee of Veterans Motorcycle Association auxiliary.  The $1,450 will be used  for a trip to Disney World with the Moriah Central School girls choir.

Courtney Clark receives a donation from Carrie Tromblee of Veterans Motorcycle Association auxiliary. The $1,450 will be used for a trip to Disney World with the Moriah Central School girls choir. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— “This means everything to me,” she smiled. “I really appreciate what they’ve done for me. I’m shocked; I don’t know what to say. I just want to thank them very much.”

Courtney’s mother, Jolene, echoed her daughter’s sentiments.

“This is a wonderful act of kindness,” she said. “We’re so appreciative. I know it will mean so much to my husband.

“Courtney had been working to raise the money for the Disney trip, but this is a huge help and relief,” Jolene added. “It means so much to us.”

Bill Larrow, Moriah school superintendent, said he was happy to help arrange the surprise.

“This is great,” he said. “It’s really nice this organization is doing this for Courtney. It’s great that we can share this with our students.”

Ashline said the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association’s motto is “Veterans helping veterans.”

“When we see a need we step in,” Ashline said. “When we learned about Herb serving six tours and his family situation we wanted to help. We can never do enough to help men and women like Herb Clark.”

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association had 15 members attend the surprise presentation.

The Moriah Central School women’s choir was selected to perform at Disney in Orlando, Fla., this spring as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program.

“Our group had to send in an application along with a recorded audition for review,” April Reeder, choir director, said. “About a week later, we were able to tell the girls they had made it, and what a moment that was. It was like that scene out of ‘Extreme Home Makeover’ when they move the bus and the family goes crazy.  The girls were cheering, jumping, crying...it was incredible.”

The Moriah women’s choir features 25 students in grades 7 to 12. As part of the Disney Performing Arts Program, the Moriah singers will travel to Disney World and perform on stage for visitors to the theme park.

The performance at Disney will require a lot of rehearsals — and money. The Moriah choir must raise about $28,000 to cover the costs of the trip. Donations can be sent to Moriah Central School at 39 Viking Lane, Port Henry 12974. Checks can be made to Moriah Central School with chorus listed on the memo line.

Reader said her group still needs to raise about $6,000, but they are “absolutely” going to make the Disney trip.

“It’s destiny for these girls,” Reader said. “It’s been amazing how generous so many people have been.”

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