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October 26, 2013

Letter: Docksiders display talent, community service

To the editor:

While many people were home watching college football and preparing for the Red Sox playoff game last week, Gloucester High School’s Docksiders were performing a fund-raiser to benefit the Open Door Food Pantry.

An enthusiastic crowd was entertained by a medley of jazz, swing, big band and hits from the 60s and 70s. A singing performance by the Docksiders’ Alex Grace was a special treat, and the audience enjoyed a Fenway Park version of “Sweet Caroline” as we anxiously awaited watching Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

In front of the GHS stage, our high school musicians stacked their own food donations. In addition, the generous donations from the public provided for more than 20 large boxes of food donations and $175 in additional cash donations. Docksider parents volunteered to provide baked goods and coordinated a 50/50 raffle, which was won by parent Jim Crabb. Jim immediately donated his winnings back to the Open Door, which was greeted by applause.

In 2012, the Open Door Food Pantry provided 481,107 pounds of donated food to community members in need of assistance from Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich.

Volunteer services totaled close to 20,000 hours in time to this organization, led by Executive Director Julie LaFontaine. Bill Stevens, Open Door food pantry manager, was also on hand last Saturday night to help organize and transport the donations and to proudly watch his son, Noah, perform in the band.

Members of the Docksiders, Gloucester is proud of you.

Under the leadership of Dave Adams, you continue to impress us with your musical talents and your unselfish volunteerism. We can’t wait to attend some of your own fund-raising efforts for your upcoming Carnival Cruise Line trip in April 2014.

Please accept this sincere thank you for a job well done on Saturday night.

Your entertainment was second to none, and your volunteerism in support of the Open Door Food Pantry was greatly appreciated.

VAL GILMAN

Revere Street, Gloucester

Member, Gloucester School Committee

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