End of Summer Rockfest at Denver Park benefits food bank project

By on August 26, 2015

 

Three rock bands, two of which are local and one from Reading, will play Saturday, Aug. 29, at Denver Park starting at 4 p.m.

Admission to the 3:30 to 8 p.m. event is free. Donations will be solicited on behalf of REAL Youth Ministry outreach and Power Pack Project food bank.

Featured bands include Antidote, WE R and The Orderlies. Favorite foods for sale include steak sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. In addition, games such as volleyball will be set up and the skate park is open.

Photo by Alice Hummer    Sponsoring organization REAL Youth Ministry President Rodney Redcay, left, and Jeff Freitig, WE R Band member and co-coordinator of the Aug. 29 Rockfest discuss logistics at the Denver Park Bandshell.

Photo by Alice Hummer
Sponsoring organization REAL Youth Ministry President Rodney Redcay, left, and Jeff Freitig, WE R Band member and co-coordinator of the Aug. 29 Rockfest discuss logistics at the Denver Park Bandshell.

“We’re glad to be playing at this free event and happy that all donations received will benefit the Power Packs Food Pantry for Cocalico school children and REAL Youth Ministry outreach,” said Jeff Fertig, WE R band member and co-organizer of the event.

“REAL Youth Ministry, sponsor of the event, became involved in the Power Packs project in 2013-2014 after the successful Lancaster City Program opened it up to affiliate partners,” said Rodney Redcay, president of REALYouth Ministry.

“As the parent company, Lancaster Power Packs provides the information, recipes, gets us plugged into the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and teaches us how to order and run the program,” said Redcay.

Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver opened the first Power Pack Project three years ago for qualifying families at Denver Elementary School.

During this school year Power Packs Project will serve all three elementary schools (Denver, Reamstown, and Adamstown) with sites at Trinity United Methodist, Denver; Salem Evangelical Reformed, Reamstown; and Peace United Church of Christ, Swartzville.

“The Rev. Sandy Gideon of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Adamstown embraced the idea of the program when it was first presented to the local ministerium,” said Redcay. “She spoke with leaders in her church, and we are fortunate to have Donna Smith, a St. Paul member, donate 20 to 30 hours per week working with this program. The program needs many volunteers to work.

“The first year of Power Packs we served between 15 and 18 families from Denver Elementary School. Last year, with Adamstown Elementary added, we served 30 families and 88 children.”

Families receive a recipe for a hot meal plus all ingredients needed. Meat, four staple items such as peanut butter, milk, cereal, and eggs, are included in the Power Pack.

“We work with each school principal to identify qualifying families,” said Redcay. “Usually the principal appoints a staff person to be the “point person” for the progam. This preserves the confidentiality necessary.

“We’d like to see a crowd join the party and support a community organization that helps those in need.”

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