Uptown Music Collective raises $5,000 for Meals on Wheels

On Feb. 1, the Uptown Music Collective presented “Hunger Strike: a Benefit for Meals on Wheels” at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St. This past week, students of the Uptown Music Collective handed over a check for $5,000 to Carolyn W. Bullock, board secretary and Aging Advisory chairperson for the STEP Organization and a group of volunteers from the Meals on Wheels program.

“Hunger Strike” was a concert event that combined the music of grunge era giants Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, along with a smattering of music from early 1990s female artists. It was directed by students Greg Jones and Levi Stover, and involved more than 40 students from the nonprofit school of music. The concert raised money for the local Meals on Wheels organization through ticket sales, a raffle and donations. More than 470 people attended the event.

“Our yearly benefit shows are an important piece of connective tissue between our students and the community that they live in,” Dave Brumbaugh, executive director of the Uptown Music Collective, said. “Through these performances students have the opportunity to impact their community for the better, while doing something that they love, playing music. It’s a great lesson for them and a great example for others. We are all very happy that we could contribute in a meaningful way, to this wonderful organization’s work with area seniors.”

Shawn Chism, a student who performed in the show said, “I was quite pleased to hear about the amount we achieved in just one night. I felt pleased to help out Meals on Wheels, an organization that delivers food to the elderly who can’t necessarily get out to buy groceries for themselves. I think this a fantastic organization and I would be glad to help out again!”