Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rock The School House Results

You just knew something good would happen when Parker High School teacher Bill Conway and his sons Richie, Charlie and Lee took down the house with their cover of Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” off the  “Not Fragile” album.

Yes, The Conway Family Band rocked the school house, despite many in the audience too young to have ever listened to or even heard of BTO, a popular 1970s rock band out of Canada.

Conway and several other teachers volunteered their time and talent Saturday to perform at the School District of Janesville’s “Rock the School House” to the tune of more than $9,400.00 raised for several school organizations.

Final numbers are still being tabulated, but I’m told that after expenses, more than $9,400.00 will be available for donations to school organizations including:

Washington Seminar
Global Youth Summit
Junior Achievement
Craig and Parker robotic teams
Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Model United Nations
Bridges International Conference
And possibly several others

Here’s a list of the artists who made this successful event possible:
Conway Family Band
Evan Riley Band
Brian and Jan Knutson
Seth Matusak
Steve Pease & Swing Fish
Trygve Danielson
Kyle Elsberg
Chris Kohn & The Two Ton Heavy Thing
We were also please to receive the support of the program’s sponsors:
105.9 The Hog
Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Bob and Nancy Kimball
Voigt Music
Prairie Farms Dairy
Fagan Automotive
Rock Road Companies
Harris Ace Hardware
Red Stop Productions
Camilla Owen
Chambers & Owen
Budget Truck and Auto
HOPE INSTITUTE of Uganda – Joy and Gideon Ngobi
American Family Insurance – Mark Ackerman
Martha and Frank Scott
Tim and Marcy Weber
ABC Fire & Safety
Whiton House Consulting
E&D Water Works
Professional Pest Control
AMP Electric
KANDU Industries & Best Events Catering
Blue Farm Chips

We also had individuals who spoke about how this event will help the district
Anthony Pierson-Parker High School
Harmony Shepard-Parker High School
Emma DiStephano- 5th grader Harrison Elementary School
Sam Liebert- Janesville City Councilman/UW-Whitewater Student

My thanks to all involved in our project including JPAC Executive Director Elizabeth Horvath and her staff who made us feel welcome and provided us with an exceptional opportunity.

The performers, sponsors, volunteers, students and staff all rocked the school house and helped raise funds for very deserving district organizations. Let’s do it again next year. In the meantime – keep rockin’.

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