Valentine’s dinner will help Amherst Regional students make arts trip

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Staff Writer
Saturday, February 08, 2020

AMHERST — About 125 Amherst Regional High School students head to Philadelphia in April for a performing arts field trip.

But the cost of around $600 per student means that some who would like to participate in the excursion, which will include a performance arts festival with other student groups and musical exchange with a local school’s student ensembles, may be unable to.

To ensure all who want make the trip can do so, Ruby Cain, a sophomore working toward finishing her Girl Scout Gold Award, has organized a banquet-style dinner on Valentine’s Day. The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East St., and proceeds will help defray some of the costs for the students in band, orchestra and chorus who will be part of the trip from April 17 to 20.

Cain said she was inspired to raise money because she would be disappointed if cost kept her from going.

“I wanted to make sure everyone who wanted to go had the opportunity to,” Cain said. “This event is something I have worked really hard on and I hope that it can provide opportunities to those who would not have them otherwise.”

Band director Kara Nye said there are several components to the trip. In addition to the performance festival with other student groups from across the country and musical exchange with a local Philadelphia school, the students will tour museums and historic sites, have clinics with experts in their respective fields led by Temple University professors, and see a Broadway-level performance of “Dear Evan Hansen.”

“This fundraiser is a key element of our fundraising efforts that are enabling us to provide enough scholarships so that all interested students are able to attend regardless of financial need,” Nye said.

The dinner is open to anyone over the age of 13, with ticket prices $25 for one and $45 for two. Tickets can be bought on eventbrite.com or through a link at the Amherst Regional Public Schools Friends of Performing Arts Facebook page.

 Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.