Local United Network to Combat Hunger - LUNCH
 

MEET THE FOUNDER OF LUNCH


Bill Pere
One of the Top 50 Innovators in the Music Industry --
Music Connection Magazine

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Using the Power of Popular Music
to Produce Positive Social Action
Combining Arts, Education, and Community Outreach Since 1989
Founded by Bill Pere

CARRYING ON THE  LEGACY OF HARRY CHAPIN
More than $1,000,000 raised to support social services and
community outreach through the arts

 
Current News Press Articles  LAST  NEWSLETTER NewsletterArchive
Coming Apr 26, 2014- The 7th VOICES FOR HOPE vocal competition and Harry Chapin Tribute Concert - details and tickets
Coming Dec 6, 2014- The LUNCH Holiday Show - "The Three Scrooges!"    Santa meets Mo, Lara, and Shirley - and the three spirits of Christmas

 

Voices For Hope

The 2014 Voices For Hope Concert
will take place on April 26, 2014
 in Mystic, CT

 ENTER NOW!
 
Entry Forms  
(by Mail or Online)


See the 2013 Voices For Hope winners and finalists HERE

 (Past Voices For Hope events:   photos )

Voices For Hope

Past Winners
Entry Forms  
(by Mail or Online)

Photo Albums

The 2014 Holiday Show , "I'll Be Holmes For Christmas" was a great success!

The next Holiday Show "The Three Scrooges"will be held on
December 6  2014. 
If you would like to be involved, contact us NOW!
(info@lunchensemble.com)

2008: Harry Shopper and the Order From Phoenix
2009: Christmas on Gilligan's Island 
2010:  Twas Nuts Before Christmas
2011: May the Horse Be With You: Christmas at the OK Chorale
2012:  Diana Jones: Reindeer of the Lost Ark!
2013: "I'll Be Holmes For Christmas!"
(photos here)

Show Tickets Here

Would You like to be part of this
 18-year Holiday Tradition? 
 

 Contact us to set up an Audition (info@lunchensemble.com)
ALL ARE WELCOME !

See all the Holiday Shows...


The LUNCH
Holiday SHOW


GET INVOLVED
IN SOMETHING SPECIAL AND UNIQUE!

The Harry Chapin Tribute Concerts  with the Steve Chapin Band
at the Shubert Theater!   2007-2008

 --2007 Photos
 -- 2008 Photos
 -- Article

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L.U.N.C.H.
Mission and Outreach

If there's a fire burning, or a lesson needs some learning, or a tide that needs some turning to
a better world somewhere,  the Old Folkie's there... - Harry Chapin

Our Mission and Outrach: (1) addressing issues of hunger and poverty through awareness and financial support; (2) involving children and youth in programs which show them they can make a difference; (3) helping kids to grow into tomorrow's leaders who will shape a world free of intolerance, injustice, and indifference.   Through our partnerships with the Connecticut Songwriting Academy and the Connecticut Songwriters Association, we help young people develop their potential in all areas of music, theater, and community leadership. Our flagship programs are the LUNCH Ensemble and the Harry Chapin Legacy Concerts.

LUNCH is a non-profit, all-volunteer, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  LUNCH is non-denominational, encompassing all faiths, beliefs, and cultures.   

 To read more about exactly what we do and how
to be involved,  click here

Founded in 1989 by Bill Pere as a community service outreach of the Connecticut Songwriters Association, and spun off as an independent charitable organization in 1999, LUNCH was inspired by the work of the late songwriter Harry Chapin, who founded World Hunger Year and who devoted much of his music career to the fight against hunger, receiving a posthumous Congressional Medal. Our first event, The Harry Chapin Legacy Show, was held in 1991.

To read what others say about LUNCH,  click here

To date, LUNCH has raised more than  one million dollars and thousands of pounds of food and clothing  through family  entertainment events including:

 

Harry Chapin Legacy Show series involving more than 2000 students, grades 4-12.

Sale of award-winning CD recordings by Bill Pere, Kay Pere, and other  artists, produced with hundreds of kids from schools around Connecticut, carrying on the Harry Chapin style of songwriting.  Worldwide distribution, including iTunes
Summer Music Camps at Camp Wightman in North Stonington, CT
Concerts by the Steve Chapin Band and Jen Chapin
Holiday Shows, featuring kids in music and acting roles
Performances at Cheney Hall, the Garde Arts Center, Seven Angels Theater, University of Hartford, Shubert Theater, The Bushnell, Sacred Heart University, East Hartford Cultural Center, and around the state at schools, colleges, civic events, theaters, churches, camps, fairs, and in Nova Scotia at the annual Chapin Festival.
The Mystic River Folk Concert Series
The Connecticut Songwriting and Performance Conference
The Connecticut Songwriting Academy, for development of young talent
Student Scholarships
School Partnerships for Distance Learning, Career Days, Artist-in-Residence,  IEP Curricula, Internships,  Community Service Credits,  Curricula Integration and Enrichment
Food and Clothing Drives
Talent Contests and Showcases, including the Voices For Hope vocal competition
 Music Videos ---->  

 

 
 

Come browse our photo archives and see for yourself, and check out our 
CDs in the online store.

To learn more about our programs and what we do, click here

"If a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be
worth,   I wonder what would happen to this world?"  --- Harry Chapin

 

GO TO:    General Questions   --   What We Do and How to be Involved 
What others say about LUNCH   --   List of agencies we have helped
Learn About the Founder of LUNCH   --   Programs For Developing Young Talent
Articles About LUNCH   --   List of LUNCH program sponsors   --  
Timeline of LUNCH events

 

OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
Complete programs for rounded development of talent, intellect, and character

 

 


Individual programs for developing young talent


CT Songwriters Assoc.


Events for Keyboard Artists


Recording and Publishing for
 Songwriters of all ages

Voice Instruction and Vocal Coaching

Benefit Performances by
noted folk artists

CHECK OUT OUR CDs
-- featuring the award-winning songs of Bill Pere and Kay Pere --
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Details, Lyrics, Clips, Downloads --


Videos on YouTube

     

Making a Difference one Song at a Time
Bill Pere - Kay Pere - Songwriting that Gets Results

MORE CD's With Music from Bill Pere and Kay Pere


with "Army Boots and Satin Slippers,  "I Am Erica", "Because the Sky Fell Down", and "Heart of the Storm"  info/order


with "Blessings" and "New Day Coming Tomorrow"
info/order


with "doG" and "Footsteps"
info/order


with "Let Them Be Who They Are" and Kay's version of "Angels on Horseback"
info/order


Special CD Single of "The Levees of New Orleans", to benefit Katrina Relief efforts
info/order

Donations to LUNCH are Tax-Deductible.
You may donate securely right here online via PayPal or Visa/Mastercard
Help us help others, and show kids that they can make a difference!

Donation via PayPal

You can safely use any credit card.

     

 

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For general questions, click here

For What we Do and How to be Involved, click here

To see what others say about LUNCH, click here

For a list of agencies we have helped, click here

To learn more about the Founder of LUNCH, click here

  Programs for developing young talent

Articles About LUNCH

For a list of LUNCH program sponsors, click here

For a timeline of LUNCH events, click here

Contact us:  info @ lunchensemble . com