Friday, August 31, 2001

Music extravaganza combines fund-raiser, summer farewell

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Three West Chester teens are hoping youths in their community are ready for one final, outdoor festival to end the summer.

        The 16-year-old friends — Samantha Dorgan, Kristina Croteau and Emily Weber — have organized Dweeb Rush 2001, an all-day music festival noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Voice of America Park. Ten Greater Cincinnati bands will perform punk, heavy-metal, reggae or transitional music during their 45-minute slots. All are donating their time.

        “We tried to get a variety of music. We listened to 30 demo tapes,” said Emily, a junior at Lakota West High School.

        “We were looking for what we like ... and what would get the crowd going,” added Samantha, a junior at Lakota East High School.

        The students began planning for the festival in May. It's being billed as both a fun day for teens and a fund-raising event for three charities: Paws, ALA-teen and Reach Out Lakota. The $5 admission drops to $4 for anyone who brings at least one non-perishable food item or pair of used eyeglasses.

        To raise seed money the girls and their friends held half a dozen car washes that netted nearly $600. Buckeye Power is providing a generator and fuel for the day. The VFW is paying for the sound system. The West Chester Parks and Recreation Depart ment helped them obtain insurance and permits and helped them organize.

        “At first we thought it would be good just to break even and raise awareness” of the charities, said Kristina, a junior at Lakota East, “but now we'd like to be able to give money to them.”

        Along with the music there will be information booths from the three agencies that will benefit. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7696 will sell food, and West Chester Police officers are volunteering to provide security. The bands will have T- shirts and other merchandise for sale.

        “There were things that came up that I wasn't expecting,” Samantha said. “It was a big surprise, all the help we got. Everybody's been donating so much.”


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