Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Nature Coast High to have big charity concert Saturday

BROOKSVILLE — At the end of the last school year, Patrick O'Grady had an idea: Start a student club that would work to help others.

The social studies teacher sought feedback from his students at Nature Coast Technical High School.

"I received such an overwhelming response," O'Grady said. "I felt this was something I needed to do."

More than 35 students showed up at the first meeting of the Nature Coast Children's Crusade on Sept. 11. The group began with small projects: carwashes, canned food drives and feeding 10 families in need at Thanksgiving.

The group's biggest project yet — the Shark Aid 2010 "Giving Back to the Village" Charity Concert — will take place Saturday in the football stadium. It's a joint venture with the United Way of Hernando County.

Bands scheduled to perform include Southern Reign, which plays Southern rock and country; Radio Therapy, a rock band composed of graduates of Nature Coast Tech; Act of Class, a group with an '80s punk sound that includes grads and current students; 3 Weeks Notice, a '70s rock band; and Lights Burn Down (formerly September to Remember), an upstart band of Nature Coast students.

The event will collect food to restock local pantries and raise money for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to preschool children and is offered locally through the United Way. Admission is $1 and two nonperishable food items.

"These young adults are excellent at what they do," said Kathy Jones, executive director of the Hernando United Way. "I am very impressed by the issues and concerns they bring up, and I'm very proud to be associated with them. They are great for the community."

The food collected at the concert will be distributed to the following United Way-sponsored pantries: Behind the Stone Ministries, Love Your Neighbor, Jericho Road Ministries, People Helping People, Nativity Lutheran Church and New Beginnings Youth Shelter.

Other Nature Coast clubs will participate, offering carnival games, face painting, baked goods and other food. Also, the school's cosmetology department will be open for hair and nail services.

"Just to build up the supplies in the food pantries is an outstanding task," Jones said. "They are really depleted. (The food) doesn't last too long in these hard times."

She said she was surprised and happy to learn that the Children's Crusade also decided to help with the Imagination Library.

"They know how important education is," Jones said. "Statistics show that 33 to 34 percent of the families don't have a book in their home. So this program really does help. … Now, more than 700 children are receiving books in the county."

The Children's Crusade recently started its own Web site, The home page includes the group's mission: "For as long as there are families that cannot put food on their tables, clothes on their backs or need books for their children to read, we will be here."

O'Grady, the club sponsor, says the group, which has 25 active members, meets every week. And each week the members have new ideas.

"They want to do more and more," he said. "It's great. I hope they never stop."

. Fast facts

Shark Aid 2010 Charity Concert

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Nature Coast Technical High School football stadium, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville

Cost: $1 and two nonperishable food items

Information: Call Patrick O'Grady at Nature Coast Technical High School at (352) 797-7088.

Nature Coast High to have big charity concert Saturday 02/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 11, 2010 4:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tuesday's Nothing More concert moved from the State Theatre to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    Nothing More was one of the highlights of April's 98 Rockfest, a thoroughly entertaining rock outfit with a larger-than-live stage presence.

    Nothing More performed at 98 Rockfest 2017 in Tampa.
  2. Buccaneers-Vikings Turning Point, Week 3: Overreaction vs. reality


    "None of us really know how this group of 53 guys is going to come together and how we're going to play this season."

    Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a porous Bucs secondary Sunday with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. [Getty Images]
  3. Triad Retail Media names Sherry Smith as CEO


    ST. PETERSBURG — Triad Retail Media, a St. Petersburg-based digital ads company, said CEO Roger Berdusco is "leaving the company to pursue new opportunities" and a member of the executive team, Sherry Smith, is taking over.

    Roger Berdusco is stepping down as CEO at Triad Retail Media to pursue other opportunities. [Courtesy of Triad Retail Media]
  4. What to watch this week: Fall TV kicks off with 'Will & Grace,' 'Young Sheldon,' return of 'This Is Us'


    September temperatures are still creeping into the 90s, but fall officially started a few days ago. And with that designation comes the avalanche of new and returning TV shows. The Big Bang Theory fans get a double dose of Sheldon Cooper's nerdisms with the return of the titular series for an eleventh season and …

    Sean Hayes, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally in Will & Grace.
  5. Eight refueling jets from Arkansas, 250 people heading to new home at MacDill


    TAMPA — The number of KC-135 refueling jets at MacDill Air Force Base will grow from 18 to 24 with the return of a squadron that once called Tampa home.

    A KC-135 Stratotanker, a military aerial refueling jet, undergoes maintenance at MacDill Air Force Base. The planes, many flying since the late 1950s, are now being flown more than twice as much as scheduled because of ongoing foreign conflicts. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]