The Glebe’s ‘Music in the Mountains’ raises $1,611 for Relay for Life

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Carole Edwards and Friends perform for a near-capacity audience at The Glebe on April 2. Donations to this year’s concert support Relay for Life in Botetourt County.

By Ann Lovell

DALEVILLE, Virginia—Carole Edwards and Friends, a well-known piano ensemble in Botetourt County, raised $1,611 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for  Life through concerts April 2 and 3 at The Glebe, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community. Attendance at both concerts, held as part of The Glebe’s “Music in the Mountains” series, reached near-capacity as the musicians performed selections by Bizet, Liszt, Joplin, Sousa and others.

Courtney Baker, community manager of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Roanoke, attended both performances. Baker noted that funds donated to Relay for Life support cancer research grants across the nation, including nine in Virginia. The Glebe is currently the largest supporter and top funding organization of Relay for Life in Botetourt County, Baker said.

The piano ensemble includes Edwards, Jackie Werb and Joy McNabb who live at The Glebe, as well as Deanne Vance and Erica Sipes of Roanoke. The group has performed concerts together for 43 years. 2016 marks their 11th year at The Glebe.

Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes. Contact her at or (804) 521-9192.