INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - At International Business College, a quartet in tuxedos stepped in to Carrie Mengerink's office to deliver an important message on Valentine’s Day.
"Let me call you sweetheart. I'm in love with you,” The four men sang after handing Carrie flowers and a card.
The singing Valentine was delivered on behalf of her husband Adam, an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer.
“I think he wants some brownie points,” said Carrie.
Quartets made up of members of Circle City Sound sing Valentines as an annual fundraiser for the men's barbershop chorus, which started in 1948. But this year, sweet harmony is free for community servants or their special someone.
"We thought about how we've been a part of this community and it's been supporting us for those 70 years,” said Circle City Sound past president Jerry Troxel, a member of the group for 25 years. “We decided this time around, let's support them."
"Heart of my heart, I love you.”
In Noblesville, Jerry’s quartet sings a love song for preschool teacher Marlo Landis in her classroom full of children and their parents. The families in Marlo’s 3s and 4s class at Nature’s Pointe Cooperative Preschool arranged for her special Valentine.
"Very sweet,” said Marlo. “I'm already very blessed to work with all of these wonderful children. It just keeps giving and giving back."
"People are glad to have a break from their work day and hear a song and feel the love," said Troxel.
The quartet even brought a love song to the Marion County Jail. Jimmy Hinkle, Arturo Mondelo, Dan Pritchard and Jerry performed 15 times on Valentine’s Day. At the jail, they sang on behalf of Larry, Lt. Angela Spayd's fiancé.
"I'm shocked,” said Lt. Spayd. “It was wonderful. What a nice thing. I'm kind of without words right now."
Four quartets with Circle City Sound delivered 51 love songs, all free for military, firefighters, police, educators, children's services and hospital staff.