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Concert to raise funds for family of Prayer

February 05, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro Area Senior High School student is hoping that a Friday night of friends and progressive rock/alternative music will prove to be a successful fundraiser for a family who recently lost its young child.

Prayer Wenger captured the community's attention in July 2005 when she nearly drowned in a backyard pool. The girl succumbed to medical complications Dec. 12, 2006.

A 17-year-old high school senior who met the girl is organizing a benefit concert to be Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. in the old Mowery school on Pa. 997. Featured bands will be Dimestore Profit (formerly Good For Nothing), Aneirin and The Hybrid.

"I wanted to do it because they had a lot of bills left," Lindsay Conrad said. "(Prayer) had a big effect on people."

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The high school's SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter is sponsoring the event, which Lindsay hopes will draw a crowd of at least 100.

"We've been getting a decent amount of feedback, so hopefully a good number of people will come out," she said.

The most time-consuming part of organizing the concert has been distributing fliers around southern Franklin County, Pa., Lindsay said. The aspiring business major relied on her contacts and those of SADD members to secure the bands and facility.

Although the bands agreed to perform without a fee, Lindsay hopes to give them a monetary gift. She is looking forward to counting the profits, which are earmarked for the Wengers' remaining medical and funeral costs.

Admission to the event costs $5, and light refreshments will be sold.

Prayer Wenger would have turned 3 years old Tuesday.

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