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10 Who Make A Difference: Alice Kempe

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LE ROY, Minn. (KTTC) -- Alice Kempe has been dedicated to keeping the performing arts alive in the small town of Le Roy for more than 40 years.

She began her career as a music teacher in Le Roy schools.  In 1981, she started fundraising to begin a local community theater group.  Since then, she's directed 4 performances a year, including a dinner theater and variety show.  Kempe also works with the Children's Theater. 

Kempe goes above and beyond the call of duty by researching time periods to keep the costumes in her shows as historically accurate as possible.  And for the past 30 years she's laundered all the costumes after performances.  She also volunteers with her church choir, local history club and senior citizens group.

She says the most rewarding experience in her career has been watching her students become music teachers.

"It's a good emotional outlet," said Kempe.  "It's something they could succeed at and all the kids need something like that to have self confidence and self-esteem too."

Kempe and all of KTTC's "10 Who Make a Difference" award recipients will be honored at Rochesterfest on Wednesday.

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