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Twilight Wish provides joyful noise

June 1, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

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ValGean Nelson, right, plays the keyboard that Cheryl Huf, a social worker with Life Butler County who works with Nelson, helped secure. Huf said Nelson is very deserving of the instrument.

JEFFERSON TWP — ValGean Nelson has been tickling the ivories for 80 years and, thanks to Twilight Wish, her hobby can continue indefinitely.

The well-used piano in Nelson's small living room is broken, meaning she was unable to play the hymns and worship music she holds dear.

Enter Jean Bowen, the director of Butler Twilight Wish, which “honors and acknowledges seniors for all they have given to others by bringing comfort and joy into their lives through individual wish-granting celebrations,” according to the organization's website.

Bowen and five others from the local Twilight Wish group recently delivered and set up an electric keyboard and stand for an appreciative Nelson.

Being able to play the keyboard each day will lift her spirits, Nelson said.

“It makes you think you're worth something,” she said. “I got to the point where I was good for nothing because I can't do this and I can't do that.”

Money to fulfill the wishes comes from fundraisers and donations.

“If we don't have the funds to (fulfill a wish), we go find them,” Bowen said.

More information on Twilight Wish, as well as the opportunity to donate or nominate a senior, is available at www.twilightwish.org or by calling Bowen at 724-290-3288.

Read more about Nelson and Twilight Wish in the Butler Eagle.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.