Merrill Osmond Hosts Symphony of Wellness
To Aid Hearing Impaired
by Peter Cooper
June 16, 2011
||Merrill Osmond, lead singer of 1970s group The Osmonds, is set to host Symphony of Wellness Featuring Merrill Osmond & Friends, a fundraiser for the Olive Osmond Perpetural Hearing Fund set for June 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Nashville's Renaissance Hotel.
Two of Osmond's brothers are deaf, and the family initially began singing in the 1970s to raise money for the brothers' hearing aids. Since then, helping the hearing impaired has been a lifelong mission for the musician, whose son, Justin, is 90 percent deaf yet plays the violin (Justin will perform at the benefit). Money raised at the event will go to the Olive Osmond Perpetual Hearing Fund, named in honor of Merrill Osmond's mother, and it is sponsored by Franklin-based WellCity, a social networking site that focuses on wellness.
"Music is all I have ever known and WellCity is giving me the opportunity to work music into the art of healing as I have always envisioned," Osmond said in a statement. "Music is an element that evokes all kinds of feelings that can be used to aid in healing like no other medium."
The Symphony of Wellness event will include dinner, entertainment from Merrill and Justin Osmond and from the Papa Joe's Children's Choir, along with a silent auction featuring autographed items from Justin Bieber, the Beach Boys and the Oak Ridge Boys. Tickets are $100, available through www.wellcity.com.