GHS Key Club’s Fun Charity Event
Glastonbury High School’s Key Club held an event called ‘Hunger Games,’ to support the Glastonbury Food Bank, and promote charity among students at the school.
Key Club President Carter Briglia explained that the event was formerly known as ‘Pack-a-thon,’ and students packaged meals that were sent both locally and overseas.
"My freshman year, we sent food to Tanzania," Briglia said. "For logistical reasons, we couldn’t run that anymore. We decided that instead of having a night that was just about volunteering, which is what the Key Club members do all year round, we changed the focus so we have a local effort."
Admission to the event was $20, plus three non-perishible food items (more items earns more chances to win door prizes).
Students then organized into teams, and competed at several challenges, including an obstacle course, a volleyball challenge, a basketball-shooting challenge, and some "Minute to Win It" style mini-games. The teams with the most points at the end of the event earned prizes donated by local sponsors.
"It’s all local food banks, and they get all the food and money," said Kristen Taverne, one of the Key Club’s three advisors, along with Corey Morrison and Steve Kistner. "A lot of shops and restaurants in town donate prizes for them."
Briglia said the event also serves as the Key Club’s big social event of the year, as the group is often divided into smaller groups to perform various volunteer functions.
"It’s an event where all of the club members get together," he said. "We just want to bring the club together, because a lot of it isn’t face-to-face with the other members. We get together and share an awesome night."
"If we can just give as much as we can to the Glastonbury Food Bank, that’s really our goal," Briglia said. "Last year, we raised more than $3,000 dollars. If we can do that again, that’s really good."