They are four seniors at Winona Senior High School and they are on a mission: to make a difference in the community through music and a night of food and fun.
On Saturday, March 20, the young women have organized a Rock ‘n Relief benefit concert and dinner at Jefferson’s Riverside Room to help raise money for the local food shelf. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a dinner mainly made by the students themselves: Alaina Rice, Kayla Anderson, Charley Langowski and Caitlin Reineke.
The dinner will cost $7 to benefit the food shelf, and will begin with a presentation on nutrition and preparation of different foods available at the food shelf. The dinner will be served at 6 p.m., all composed of foods that are available at the food shelf, including creamy potato soup, spinach salad, several Mexican dishes as a main course and various homemade cookies for dessert.
Then beginning at 9 p.m., local musicians including high school and college students will perform. The concert costs $5 and will include Bluff Country, Neapolitan, Charlotte Deranek, Kaboopski and Red Pen Edit.
The event is part of the girls’ Destination Imagination team -- a school program that promotes creative problem solving for students. The girls have competed together since seventh grade and have gone to state competition every year. Typically, their projects are more of a play-like presentation at a contest that presents a unique look into problem solving. But this year, the team has taken their ideas and solutions outside and into the real world, hoping that what they can do will make a difference in the lives of others.
“We just got to talking and decided [the food shelf] was a good cause to put our energy toward,” said team member and senior Langowski of the idea. “We have always had an interest in the music scene in Winona, and we wanted to bring different genres together that people would enjoy.”