Between rock and a hard place
Between rock, the musical form, and a hard place, meaning financial need and hunger, fund-raiser Andy Schlesinger always chooses rock.
With his first event last year, Wilton Rocks for Food, Schlesinger raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Wilton Interfaith Food Pantry and the Connecticut Food Bank.
Many people are not even aware a wealthy town like Wilton has hungry families struggling to buy groceries. In fact, 64 families use the food pantry, according to Wilton Social Services.
“That’s why I’m doing this,” said Schlesinger, whose event this year is scheduled for Dec. 3 at Trackside Teen Center.
He raised $26,000 last year, and his goal this year is $40,000.
“We’re looking for corporate sponsors and successful Wilton residents who can write a check for $2,500 or $5,000,” Schlesinger told The Bulletin.
The event itself will feature 30 Wilton residents, 14 of whom are vocalists, playing a variety of rock and pop music. Selections last year included the 1968 classic The Weight by The Band. There will be food and drink and a silent auction, and 100% of proceeds raised go to these charities.
“I am seeking corporate and individual sponsors to donate cash, silent auction items or supplies for the event (food and drink),” Schlesinger said in a statement.
“Rather than have bands come from all over with no attachment to the town, we have it only open to Wilton residents,” he said.
“It is literally the Wilton party of the year.”
Donations may be mailed directly to him at Andy Schlesinger, 70 Kensett Drive, Wilton CT 06897.
Checks should be made out to either the CT Food Bank or the Wilton Department of Social Services.