Concert and Community Service: Sophomore Plans St. Vincent de Paul Fundraiser


John Pham

Next Tuesday, May 9, the La Salle community will be invited to donate hygiene products and non-perishable food items and enjoy musical performances at a student-organized fundraiser.

Lillian Paugh, Editor

Update: Due to schedule conflicts the concert fundraiser has been postponed indefinitely. 

As both a member of Boy Scouts of America and a lover of music, sophomore Charlie Lewy plans to bring the two together for a concert fundraiser at La Salle. 

To support the St. Vincent de Paul organization as a part of his Eagle Scout Service Project to gain his Eagle rank, Lewy has taken on a major role in coordinating the concert for next week.

The concert, planned to be held next Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the La Salle theater, will invite guests upon arrival to either make their donations directly via a QR code on the printed program or leave hygiene or canned food items to be collected before they are admitted into the theater.

“Your donation is your ticket,” Lewy said. “So [if] you send your donation in, you’re free to go.”

While the concert is a part of Lewy’s personal effort to achieve his Eagle rank, he has not been the sole planner of the event, as “there are a lot of people helping,” Lewy said, with a number of La Salle students and staff — primarily those who have previously arranged Open Mic Night and Night on Broadway — helping out with planning.

And, alongside getting La Salle students to perform — a task that Lewy has taken on — he said that he and his team are hoping to also have performers from outside the La Salle community appear on stage that night as well.

“I’m hoping that we can just get a lot of goods donated to St. Vincent de Paul in general and [that] a lot of people can have a lot of fun doing it,” Lewy said.

Having been in Boy Scouts since around the first grade, gaining his Eagle rank is “a big achievement that I’ve been working my whole life for,” Lewy said, and being able to get it through a musical fundraiser seemed like an obvious opportunity for him.

“I love the arts, I love theater and music in general,” Lewy said. “So, I felt like this is something that was meaningful to me.”