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Fundraising Supper To Precede Saturday’s Vocal Pops Concert

By Staff | May 8, 2008

A SHOWCASE OF TALENT will be found at the 2008 Emmetsburg High School Pops Concert this weekend. Senior vocal students (pictured above) display the music awards they have acquired over the 2007-2008 school year. Pictured (front row, from left) are Jaimee Kerber, Andrea Preston, Tori Heldt, and Cortney Gappa. Second row: April Corley, Beth Hersom, Kylie Carter, Ashley Opheim, Sara Schany, Anna Chapman, and Michelle Knudson. Third row: Florian Hoese, Michael Flint, Joel Priest, Will Roeber, Trevor Harson, and Jon Degen. Fourth row: Jesse Wolfe, Matthew Merideth, Jordan Mathisen, Ryan Williamson, and Ethan Dykstra. Not pictured: Amy Norland. -- Lori Martinez photo

A special benefit fundraising supper will precede this Saturday’s Emmetsburg High School Vocal Pops Concert. The “Benefit for Bella” will be served from 5:45 to 7 p.m. in the Emmetsburg High School Commons area.

The benefit has been scheduled as a prelude to “Step Out of the Ordinary”, the 2008 edition of the vocal Pops Concert presented by vocal music students at Emmetsburg High School. The actual Pops Concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and will be presented a second time on Sunday, May 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym.

The pops concert is a tradition at Emmetsburg High School each spring, when the vocal department’s varioius performing groups, including the Concert Choir, Mixed Chorus, JV and Varsity Show Choirs, Men’s and Women’s Chorus all perform, along with several small ensemble groups and soloists.

The benefit supper is being held to support Isabel, or Bella Buerger, a foreign exchange student from Germany, who was injured in a car crash two weeks ago. Due to the nature of her injures, Bella returned to Germany with her mother on Wednesday, May 7 for further surgery, and will not be able to participate in the Pops Concert.

With major medical expenses facing Bella and her family, her classmates at EHS have embarked on several fund-raisers to assist with those expenses, including Saturday’s benefit supper.

The benefit supper will be a free-will offering for barbeque pork sandwiches, chips and a drink. The pork for the meal is being donated by Jay and Deanna Clasing, Paul and Myrna Herbers and Jeff and Robin Kerber.

“We hope that people will attend the benefit supper on Saturday and make an evening out of it by attending the Pops Concert as well,” noted Renata Moore, one of the event organizers.

Tickets for “Step Out of the Ordinary” are still available at the Emmetsburg High School Office through 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9.

The gym will be decorated for the pops concert, with special lighting and staging combining with the performances to make a special evening. The various small group ensembles have been working hard to prepare selections from such artists as the Andrew Sisters, Black Sabbath, Toby Keith, and Hannah Montana.

“Our musicians have selected a lot of fantastic music this year,” said David Fog, EHS Vocal Music Director. “There is really something for everyone again this year, and a lot of fun numbers that are crowd pleasers. The public’s attendance at the school’s concerts definitely does support music in our schools. You won’t be disappointed!”