Virts, Miller Highlight A Place to Be’s Reach

A Place to Be enjoyed an evening in the spotlight last week at Selma Mansion.

Scott Miller, the new president of the Loudoun Education Foundation, and Sharon Virts, founder of FCi Federal, hosted an “evening of appreciation and music” at their home. The event was a chance to celebrate the work of A Place to Be, a nonprofit music therapy center in Middleburg that serves more than 400 families throughout Northern Virginia.

The evening included music performances and success stories shared by several A Place to Be clients, including those in the organization’s stroke survivors choir and Amy Stone, a young woman with cerebral palsy who was one of the therapy center’s early clients. Stone told the crowd gathered at Selma Mansion on Nov. 29 how A Place to Be gave her the tools and confidence to speak up. “The fact that you can all hear me in this room is thanks to this little thing called music therapy,” she said. “It helped me find my voice.”

Loudoun middle school students will get a chance to see A Place to Be’s work in action this school year, as it brings its original musical, “Abira and the Mountain,” to middle school stages countywide. The play, written by Stone and Ryan Perry, is funded by the Virts Miller Foundation and offers a message that hope can persist despite challenges.

Learn more about A Place to Be and how to support the nonprofit at aplacetobe.org.

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