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The Westerly/Pawcatuck Press Mar 28, 2007
LUNCH Ensemble Raises Another $2,300
Patricia Ann Chaffee Press Writer
BRADFORD – Once again the LUNCH ensemble, lead by musician Bill Pere,
performed to an exuberant crowd Saturday night, this time at Bradford
Elementary School. Approximately 150 people attended the concert being put
on with the help of 25 Bradford students, guided by professional artists and
musicians who make up the
The event was organized in response to the “Feinstein
Challenge” which was created by humanitarian Alan Feinstein, to teach kids the
value of community service. He has donated millions of dollars to Rhode Island
schools and has pledged a one million dollar giveaway by matching what other
organizations can raise to combat hunger.
The total raised at the event was $1,520, of which
Feinstein agreed to match half for the school, plus proportional matching from
the Feinstein million dollar challenge, making an overall total of more than
$2,300, according to Pere. He explained proceeds would be distributed with
$ 750 to the Bradford Jonnycake Center, approximately $750 to the Bradford
school through Feinstein matching, and the balance to other Westerly area
agencies, e.g. WARM, Harvest Home and the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.
In addition, an estimated 100 pounds of non-perishable
food items were collected the night of the concert, coming at a time when food
pantry shelves need to be filled.
“It was great to see parents, school, and community
coming together to support this social outreach. I very much enjoyed working
with the Bradford students and their music teacher, Bobbi Jo Boggs,” said Pere.
“They were very well prepared and I hope the experience taught them that lending
their time and talent to events like this can make a positive impact in their
community. We hope to do more events like this in the time ahead with any other
schools or organizations who would like to work with us.”
SUSANNAH H. SNOWDEN /The Press
Bradford School 4th and 5th graders sing during the LUNCH concert, held at the
founder, Bill Pere, sings and plays guitar at the concert.
Bradford School 4th and 5th graders sing at the LUNCH concert.
Bradford School 5th-grader Rose Serra sings at the LUNCH concert,held at the
school. Aboveright : Rachelle Seney of Ledyard hands out
giant crayons to an excited audience.