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Teens get local youth bands together for food drive
OLALLA — Two South Kitsap teenagers wanted to find a way to give back to the community.
So Vivian Gonzales and Kari Estes — members of the youth music band Resisting Ordinary — decided to put together a food drive with the help of their fellow musicians.
Six local and area youth rock bands joined forces to help collect food donations at the “Rock the Club” food drive Nov. 16 at the Olalla Community Club. Between 150 and 200 people attended the event,
which generated more than 300 cans of food and $375. Those proceeds were delivered Monday to local food banks.
“We really wanted to give back to the community,” Estes said. “Some of our friends are being affected by the tough economic times. We wanted to help them and help all the people who need it.”
“We also want to think of a way we can contribute because we’re not very good with other planning,” Gonzales said. “Music — that’s what we do. Why don’t we use it?
Gonzales said when she and Estes approached other area youth bands about playing at the food drive they accepted the invitation.
“Our goal was to feed multiple families,” Estes said. “We just want to do as much as possible.”
The food donations were distributed between South Kitsap Helpline and the Gig Harbor FISH food bank.
The girls have been involved in food drives at their schools and decided to do one of their own.
“We wanted to see how well this one turned out,” Gonzales said. “Ten minutes into the event, people were waiting outside to get in.”
Admission to the event was three non-perishable food donations or $3 per person.
The girls, both age 14, have plans for another food drive next year.
Gonzales and Estes, who have been friends since kindergarten, helped to start Resisting Ordinary two years. Gonzales, who is the vocalist and lead guitarist, attends Peninsula High School in Purdy, and Estes, who plays bass guitar, is a student at John Sedgwich Junior High School in the South Kitsap School District.
Other band members are Gabe Gadbow, bass; Michael Pate, guitar; and Jack Walker, drums.
The girls received assistance with putting together the food drive. Joe Wilson and Andy Massagli procured sponsorship from Ted Brown Music Outreach, which helped supply microphones and sound equipment, while their parents helped with organizing the event. Matt Estes was in charge of the sound, while Greta Estes and Virginia White were the adult coordinators for the event.
Bands performing at the event were Gossamer, Glirity, Stolen Society and Insuburban Avenue, along with Resisting Ordinary.
“We (Resisting Ordinary) are opening and closing the show,” said Gonzales, who also performed a solo acoustic guitar set.