Benefit concert aids causes fighting hunger
Proceeds from a benefit concert will be used to help fund a well at the Goshen Green Garden. BZ photo
Three local causes and worldwide cause benefiting hunger relief were the beneficiaries of a free concert by the Jen Chapin Trio at St. Michael’s Church in Litchfield on Aug. 26.
The show drew a crowd of about 200 and raised a few thousand dollars for the food pantry at the church, Goshen Green Garden, Food Rescue U.S. of Northwest Connecticut and WhyHunger.org, an organization founded in 1975 by Chapin’s late father, singer-songwriter Harry Chapin.
The Jen Chapin Trio, fresh off an eight concert tour in northern New England, Nova Scotia and the Canadian Maritimes, offered to perform the free concert to support hunger relief. Goshen Green Garden, which is sponsored by the Church of Christ Congregational in Goshen, took the lead in organizing the concert after the church's interim minister, the Rev. John Madsen-Bibeau, spoke with Jen Chapin, his friend.
Lynn Fulkerson and Janet Hooper of Goshen Green Garden played key roles in the planning. As a result of the fundraiser, Goshen Green Garden will be able to build a well at its garden along Route 63 across from the Goshen Fairgrounds.
St. Michael’s parishioners Barbara Putnam, Peg Sullivan, and Ed and Sarah Gadomski prepared the church for the concert and its hall for a reception afterwards.
St. Michael’s is in its first year operating a food pantry to help the needy. Food Rescue U.S. of Northwest Connecticut, represented by Nancy Rogers of Litchfield, collects food that would otherwise be wasted at restaurants and institutions and delivers it to local food pantries and soup kitchens.