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From: Mike Grayeb, Board of Directors, World Hunger YearLUNCH Group Keeps Harry's Dream
Sent: Saturday, April 03, 2004 9:34 PM
BIG cheers and congratulations to
Bill and Kay Pere, Scott Sivakoff, and all the "LUNCH Bunch" kids at
Local United Network to Combat Hunger (LUNCH), the Connecticut-based
anti-hunger group that is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
I was fortunate enough to attend one of their two performances of
their Harry Chapin Legacy show last night, a benefit to fight hunger
in Connecticut. It was amazing!!!
The packed house loved every minute of the show and with good
reason. There must have been 50 kids or more on the stage at
different times, acting out very funny vignettes all tied in some way
to the program's overall theme: Danceband on the Titanic.
The group weaved in Star Trek (the science fiction tv show) parodies,
solo performances, and a solid message to make it an event attendees
will long remember. Among the Harry songs performed were Danceband on
the Titanic, The Rock, Flowers Are Red, WOLD, and The Last of the
Protest Singers. (I'm probably forgetting a few as I arrived a bit
late after driving up from work in NY to catch the show).
It was also great to see Scott Sivakoff engage the audience in a
*superb* rendition of Cat's in the Cradle, standing alone center
stage with his guitar and encouraging the audience to sing along (we did).
Bill and Kay Pere have done a terrific job of creating and fostering
an amazing organization to involve kids in social activism in a fun
and engaging manner, all the while bringing Harry's messages and music
to new audiences and new generations.
To close the show, the entire cast sang Circle, with extra verses in Spanish
and sign language to show how small the world has become and how we
all need to come together.
If you're not yet familiar with LUNCH, you should be. In their 15
years of service to the cause, LUNCH has worked with thousands of
kids, and touched millions of lives. They're finding new ways to
make a difference, just like Harry did. Visit them at
www.lunchensemble.com and if you can, make a donation to show them you
support this important and inspiring work.
Thank you LUNCH!!!
- Mike Grayeb
WHY Board Member