Rock Bridge concert to benefit Rainbow House

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 | 6:04 p.m. CST; updated 1:49 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

For several years, the show choirs at Rock Bridge High School have raised money to give to people and charities. They’re back at it this year, with the proceeds of a performance Friday going to Rainbow House, an emergency crisis center for abused or neglected children.

“We were in a position that financially we thought instead of raising funds for the show choir, it’s important that the kids give something back to the community through service,” said Booster President Jim Spain, who organized the benefit concert.

If you go

What: Rock Bridge High School show choirs benefit concert When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Road Tickets: $5; seating is limited; call the Rock Bridge Performing Arts Center, 214-3119.

The two show choirs, the all-female Satin ’N Lace and the co-ed City Lights, will perform a program of pop, rock and Broadway music.

The students put in long hours to perfect their routines, Spain said. “These kids are at school at seven o’clock every morning,” he said. “When most students are just getting ready for school, they are already there practicing.”

“We’re at school probably longer than sports kids,” said Rachel Slansky, a senior who has been involved with the choirs since her sophomore year. “We’re like a family.”

The choirs began giving benefit concerts in 2005 after a Columbia police offer was fatally shot while on duty. The money raised went to the Officer Down Fund for wounded Columbia police officers. The next year, the choirs raised money for a former show choir member and Rock Bridge graduate who was paralyzed after a car accident. Another year, money went to a preschool in Columbia.

Mike Pierson, director of the show choirs, said the events have raised more than $12,000 total.

“It’s always really fun to give back to the community,” Slansky said. “People just enjoy the show overall.”

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