Fine Arts Students Use Talents, Give Back

Chaminade Julienne performing and visual arts students lent their time and creative talents to assist two Dayton agencies fight poverty and hunger in our local community.

The musicians of Eagle Pride (pictured above) provided an enthusiastic performance for walkers and runners at this year's St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk®. Pep band members served to entertain participants moving along the banks of the Great Miami River on Sept. 28. The Eagles have performed every year since the event first began in 2008 said Terry Williamson, development programs manager at St. Vincent.

"Once again, CJ came through with great spirit and energy for our Walkers as we walked to relieve poverty 'one step at a time,'" Williamson wrote in a thank you note to Debi Schutt, CJ performing arts department chair. "The band provided a great energy after the walk as they knew all the dances and shared their enthusiasm and joy of life with our event!"

Meanwhile, fellow fine arts students enrolled in ceramics classes with teacher Janet Lasley shared their contribution of handmade crafts in support of a House of Bread fundraising dinner on Oct. 10.

"On behalf of the House of Bread, I would like to thank you for your generous contribution for the Emply Bowls Fundraiser," wrote David C. Oakes, owner of CESO, Inc. The civil engineering firm has hosted the event at its Yankee Street location each of the last four years.

In exchange for a donation, more than 150 guests were invited to enjoy bread, dessert and soup, then take home their bowls. More than $5,000 was raised for the non-profit community kitchen located at 9 Orth Avenue as a result.

"The ceramic bowls you crafted were beautiful, and they certainly contributed to a successful evening. Your bowls will serve as daily reminders to our guests that there are hungry people in our community that we can help to serve."

Photo by Jan Underwood provided courtesy of St. Vincent de Paul, Dayton District Council.