In an article about the Apple Tree Project — which provides school supplies, clothing and shoes to students in the Denton school district — Jenny Seman was struck by what she read: 41 percent of the district’s nearly 25,000 students are considered economically disadvantaged.
The local musician and Recycled Books employee was immediately inspired to help.
By teaming up with her fellow employees, many of whom are local musicians or aficionados of Denton nightlife, Seman landed on the idea of sponsoring “Recycledpalooza” — a seven-band concert benefit and bake sale at Dan’s Silverleaf on Wednesday, hosted by past and present employees of Recycled Books Records CDs.
“Jenny started telling all of us employees about the Apple Tree Project and my heart just swelled,” Recycled Books employee Lacey Richins said. “Of course I’d want to help, so I’ve been telling friends, family, and anyone who will listen about it.”
All funds raised from the show and bake sale will go to Interfaith Ministries’ Apple Tree Project. Recycled Books owner Don Foster agreed to make a matching donation equal to the amount raised at the door.
“We Recycled employees have long kicked the idea around about putting a show together where all our bands could play,” Seman said. “After reading that article, I was convinced that it would be a great charity to do a show for. Everyone at Recycled was enthusiastic about it, too.”
A bake sale led by Seman’s friend Kelly Evans will also be part of the night. Blueberry and apple bourbon pies, wasabi cupcakes and vegan baked goods are a few of the treats people can expect to see at Recycledpalooza, Seman said.
Last year, Interfaith Ministries raised more than $140,000 in funds and in-kind gifts, helping a total of 1,426 children. Executive Director Condell Garden said the nonprofit agency’s goal is always to help more children each year.
“I think it is very generous that [Recycled] wants to give up their time and their talent to do that for the kids here in Denton,” Garden said. “I think everyone in Denton loves Recycled Books, so what could be better? I think it’s fabulous.”
The Apple Tree Project is one of half a dozen seasonal programs Interfaith Ministries tackles, although with more than 10,000 economically disadvantaged students in the district, the need for this specific program is ample. The number is based on students who qualify for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program, Garden said.
“When I learned these statistics, I was shocked,” Seman said. I was always able to have fresh clothes, shoes and school supplies growing up, and I hate to think that there are kids who don’t get to have any of that in the community I live in.”
Interfaith Ministries is one of 22 partner agencies of United Way of Denton County, meaning it receives a portion of its operating revenue from funds donated to United Way. Education is one of United Way’s primary tenets, says spokeswoman Shannon Goleman.
“The Recycled team is good people,” Goleman said. “They are constantly supporting the education and quality of life in our community, so while this particular event is greatly appreciated, it comes as no surprise.
“It is really beautiful to see all these different kinds of people and different skill sets come together for such a worthy cause.”
• What: A benefit for the Apple Tree Project, with a concert, bake sale and raffle
• When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
• Where: Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.
• 8 p.m. — Hares on the Mountain
• 8:45 p.m. — Willie Dees and Andy LaViolette
• 9:30 p.m. — Mariachi Quetzal
• 10:15 p.m. — Forever Home
• 11 p.m. — Kaleo Kaualoku
• 11:45 p.m. — Delmore Pilcrow
• 12:30 a.m. — Shiny Around the Edges
Details: Cover is $5. Visit www.facebook.com/recycledbooks
HOW TO HELP
For more information about Interfaith Ministries’ Apple Tree Project, visit www.ifmdenton.org/appletreeproject.html or call 940-566-5927.