Recycledpalooza, a concert, raffle and bake sale held this week to benefit Interfaith Ministries’ school supply assistance program, the Apple Tree Project, raised $1,500 for the cause.
Nearly 200 people attended the event Wednesday at Dan’s Silverleaf, where seven groups that included former and current employees of Recycled Books Records CDs performed.
Recycledpalooza proceeds, which include a matched donation from the bookstore, will assist in the purchase of school supplies, clothing, backpacks and shoe gift cards being distributed by Interfaith Ministries at First United Methodist Church of Denton next weekend.
“It far exceeded our expectations,” said Jenny Seman, event organizer. “We not only raised a significant amount at the door but at the bake sale.”
After reading a recent article in the Denton Record-Chronicle about the Apple Tree Project and the estimated 41 percent of the Denton school district’s nearly 25,000 students on free and reduced lunch the program attempts to assist, Seman, who works at Recycled Books Records CDs, said she was moved to action.
She shared her idea with friends about coming together for a joint concert to benefit the Apple Tree Project, and many, she said, thought it was a great cause and jumped on board to assist.
Seman said Wednesday’s event not only was a fun night that brought people together but it felt good doing something for the community.
Condell Garden, Interfaith Ministries’ executive director, said it meant a lot to have a section of the community that may not have been involved with Interfaith Ministries before support the Apple Tree Project. The nonprofit agency’s path doesn’t always cross with the music community, she said.
“I thought it was great that they wanted to give their time and talents to help the kids in the community,” Garden said. “It’s going to bless them, and it’s going to bless the kids.”
Apple Tree Project organizers have said they look to assist 1,400 pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade Denton school district schoolchildren on Aug. 11. Registration for assistance through the Apple Tree Project has closed, but if additional funding is available, Interfaith Ministries will look to assist families who did not register, Garden said.
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