A summer fundraising concert features an exciting lineup
Love thy neighbor as thyself. Matthew 22:39
Hunger is on the rise in our suburban area. It’s hard to believe but many of our neighbors are experiencing hunger. The Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf in Oakdale helps to provide much needed food to the suburban communities of Landfall, Maplewood, Oakdale and Woodbury. They noted that they had “served more households than ever before” in their 2017 annual report. Last year they served 7,598 families and distributed 758,123 pounds of food. They estimate that 15% of our neighbors need help getting food on the table and they touched the lives of 31,449 people last year. The Christian Cupboard recently relocated to Guardian Angels Catholic Church campus in Oakdale where they opened a new facility with more space and upgraded equipment to better serve their growing clientele.
An enthusiastic group of young adults at Guardian Angels recently started a new ministry and named it Et Cetera. Et Cetera members were eager to support their new neighbor, Christian Cupboard. Organizing with other young adults at local churches including St. Pascal Baylon, St. Peter’s, and St. Jude of the Lake, they are sponsoring an outdoor summer concert fundraiser to support four local food shelves. The summer concert has been dubbed BAND Together, Fight Hunger. Each church involved named their own local food shelf as a beneficiary for the concert which now includes Christian Cupboard, North St. Paul Food Shelf, Merrick and the Mahtomedi Food Shelf.
With the help of Mike Fouts of Hope for the Journey Home Shelter at Guardian Angels, these young adults were able to book some exciting talent! Country fans will recognize the name David Ray (Light It Up), a hot new country artist and co-writer of the hit “I was Jack” sung by Jake Owen. Also in the lineup is up and coming artist Chaunté Shayne, winner of the KQRS talent contest last fall. Finally, we welcome back local fave, Diminished Faculties, teachers by day, rockers by night. This entertaining mix of rock and country music guarantees a fun night in support of an important cause, our local food shelves.
The Band Together, Fight Hunger Concert is Saturday, June 16, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. and is open to youth and young adults ages 18-39. Tickets include pop, beer (over 21), brats and burgers and are $10 in advance for ages 18-20 and $15 for ages 21+. Come join us and make a difference in fighting local hunger. BAND Together, Fight Hunger summer concert tickets are available now.