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L.U.N.C.H. Concert raises
$2,000 for needy
Ann Chaffee Press writer
STONINGTON – A concert by the L.U.N.C.H. ensemble and sponsored by the
Students in Action group at Wheeler High School, was well received Friday
night with more than 150 people in attendance.
The performance generated approximately $ 2,000 in funds, in addition to
several hundred items of canned goods. The non-perishable food items
collected, and half of the proceeds, will be donated to the Pawcatuck
Neighborhood Center with the balance going to other local agencies,
according to group founder Bill Pere.
L.U.N.C.H., an acronym for Local United Network to Combat Hunger, is made
up of professionals from the Connecticut Songwriters Association and about
30 students from fifth to twelfth grades in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
performs throughout the two states in an effort to raise money for
social service agencies. To date it has raised more than $ 700,000 and has
involved more than 2,500 kids in its efforts.
With no speaking voice left following his appearance at the concert, Pere
offered these words via email, “The support from the Wheeler school
admin-istration, music teachers and a group of dedicated parents was
exceptional. I hope we can build on this experience and do another event in
the future, to include even broader student involvement. I believe it was a
good experience for the kids, and I enjoyed working with them.”
The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes offered major sponsorships for
Photos by Kim
Gash /Mystic River Press
Members of the Wheeler High School and Middle School Choruses join Bill Pere and
the LUNCH Ensemble for the Hunger Awareness Concert at Wheeler High
Some of the
canned goods donated at the Hunger Awareness Concert at Wheeler High.
and Mackenzie Robert, juniors at Wheeler High, volunteer to collect canned good
donations at the Hunger Awareness Concert at the school
Originally Published October 26, 2006, The Mystic River Press