Wreckers In Tune to Cap Off Inaugural Year with Big Benefit

Aaron Hendel, Sports Editor

One of the fastest growing clubs at Staples High School, Wreckers In Tune, is preparing to bring an eventful first year of operation to a close with a benefit concert on June 15 7 PM in the Staples auditorium. Admission is free, but donations to Save the Children will be accepted, and there will be several items to be raffled off, with those proceeds going to the organization as well.

 However, the raffles are not the only unique thing about this upcoming concert.

 For the first time this year, “we will be combining everyone for one big performance, combining all of Staples’ musicians,” Club President Nick Vega ’14 said.

 “We have a lot of our best performers playing,” Assembly Coordinator Julia Greene ’15 noted. “And we have great prizes up for raffle and auction.”

 According to Josh Popkin ’14, the club’s Fundraising and Outreach Director, some of the items that will be raffled off compose off gift cards, gift baskets, and even the very convenient parking spot of Principal John Dodig (for a limited time).

“We’re hoping the raffles and donations are going to be big,” Vega said. To go along with the money raised at the concert, USAID, a government organization, will match the funds raised and donate to Save the Children as well.

“Our (other) goal is to fill every seat,” Vega said. “Also, to have everyone there remember Wreckers In Tune as an overall cool club.”

“We look forward to seeing everyone from the community and school there to help benefit Save the Children,” Popkin added.

 In addition to having more participants than usual, several genres of music will be played, including jazz, classical, and regular rock bands.

 The size of this concert in particular is a perfect representation of how far the club has come since the beginning of the year; “We thought we were only going to play once a month inWestportonly,” Vega recalled. “But we ended up playing two, three, or even four times a month all over Fairfield County, touching 300 to 400 lives at senior centers” and elsewhere.

“The executive board has spent countless hours preparing for this event and hopefully it will pay off,” Popkin said. “We have had a great year and thought this would be an awesome way to end it.”