The Richmond Junior Class Cabinet will be hosting a charity reception for the Ginter Park Elementary School from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 at the Jepson Alumni Center.

The Junior Class Cabinet has hosted unifying events in the past such as Homecoming; however, this is the first time they will be asking students to gather together for a charitable cause, Evan Harris, President of the Junior Class Cabinet, said.

Tickets to the charity reception will be sold at the door and are $20 for adults and $10 for students. All proceeds will go directly to funds for musical instruments, computers, and textbooks for Ginter Park, Harris said.

The Sirens , Choeur du Roi, and the duo, Jake Morrison and Maxwell Payeur, will be performing at the event, Harris said. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and alumni Keith Reynolds, RC '03 is planned to speak at the event.

Harris said the cabinet chose Ginter Park because three members of the cabinet, Matt Powell, Will Murray and Peter Valavanis, are involved in the Big Brother Little Brother program at the public school.

Powell has been involved in the program at Ginter Park since starting his first year at UR, he said. Powell said that after three years, he feels that his little brother trusts him. The two enjoy playing football, basketball, tag, and Powell helps his little brother with his homework, he said.

Powell reached out to the principal at Ginter Park about setting up a charity reception that benefitted the school, he said. Powell said the principal had been excited about the opportunity to use the donations to strengthen the music program. Powell said that Ginter Park had a talented music teacher who has had a positive effect on students.

If the event is a success, the cabinet hopes that it will become a tradition, Harris said.

Contact staff writer Madeline Small at madeline.small@richmond.edu.

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