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Racing City Chorus offers sweetheart serenade

The groups will visit more than 100 lucky loved ones a day for the three-day span.

Start to finish, the delivery of candy, flowers and song lasts between seven and 10 minutes. You can select from a number of packages, ranging from a basic gift " one long-stemmed rose, a chocolate sampler and two songs, for $55, to the creme de la creme: a dozen roses, one pound box of chocolates and two songs for $130.

"Or we can do a singing Valentine by phone for $25," said Crouth.

Joyce Locks of Saratoga has been both the sender and the recipient of the very public display of affection, and said the songs still make her heart go pitter-patter.

"I've sent them to my husband and daughter, and they've done it for me," said Locks. "It's a fun, wonderful thing to do. My husband was just delighted to receive it, but then again, I've sent him flowers before. This is so much more than just flowers; it's something different."

Attired in formal wear, the quartets has done its singing tableside at many area restaurants, and has even delivered the sweetest sentiment of all: a marriage proposal.

"We went to Congress Park one year, and all the family members were there, but the woman didn't know what was happening," said Crouth. "We sang, and then the guy dropped to his knees. It was definitely something they'll always remember."

The Valentine-a-grams serve as the RCC's largest annual fundraiser, funneling monies back into running the non-profit. Additional proceeds are also donated to local charities. For information about the Racing City Chorus, or to reserve your singing Valentine, visit www.racingcitychorus.org.

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