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Nearly $2,800 rised for Community Lunch Program

Two recent events on the campus raised nearly $2,800 to benefit the Geneva Community Lunch Program.

In early December, the Colleges Chorale, directed by Robert Cowles, hosted a Madrigal Dinner concert that sold out the Comstock Dining Room.

A five-course dinner was interspersed with performances by the Chorale and classical guitarist Kenneth Meyer. Seasonal favorites and secular madrigal pieces entertained and inspired the diners.

“This event tends to be very well received,” said Cowles, “because it’s a win-win situation: not only does it involve great food and great music for the season, but the proceeds always go toward a worthy cause.” The Colleges Chorale has benefited a variety of local causes in recent years through the annual Madrigal Dinner Concert.

Proceeds totaled $2,550, thanks to contributors including Hobart Student Government, Sodexho Dining Services, and the Hobart and William Smith deans offices.

On Friday, Feb. 2, as the nation was preparing for SuperBowl XLI in Miami, the Religious Life Office and the Hobart Football Team raised more than $230 from donations at the Scandling Center through The Souperbowl of Caring.

Those efforts were among those by more than 5,000 groups, raising nearly $2.1 million to help alleviate hunger. Since its founding in 1990, the effort has raised more than $35 million to help end hunger. For details, visit Souperbowl of Caring

The Geneva Community Lunch Program has been serving hot noonday meals to the hungry in Geneva since 1983, providing meals five days a week since 1998. Last year, nearly 20,000 meals were served, nearly 10 percent to children under 18.

Students, staff, and faculty from HWS regularly volunteer at the lunch program, including each Thursday morning in February.

An Energy Fund was formed in 2006 to help defray expenses related to heating rooms donated by the First United Methodist Church, which has hosted the Community Lunch Program since 1993.