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Page 22 of 31 23 The sounds of the band Big Train include Bob Kenselaar, Phil Rinaldi, Dave Pressel, Chris Dickson, Michael Parillo, Chuck Mahoney and Don Savoy. Charity doesn't always seem this much fun. But make no mistake. This is charity at its best. If this evening is like most in Rent Party history, it will take in hundreds of dollars, money that will be plowed into food for the hungry right here in our own community. In two and a half years, together with a matching donation from the HK Community Fund, the charity has raised $30,000, most of which has gone to the two local food banks at Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Joseph's Church. And the charity is growing. It now also funds a program that provides weekend food to some of our neediest students; and this spring it built several beds on the front lawn of the Elks Club, in anticipation of running a community garden on behalf of the hungry (see page 25). The Rent Party is the brainchild of Chris Dickson, the young-looking, curly-headed, bespectacled guy who spends the evening in the corner, running the sound system. He has been joined along the way by his good friend, David Wagner. Dickson, a longtime Maplewood resident and music junkie who's been involved in music for good causes for more than a decade, says that "Rent Party is the result of a band breaking up." The band that broke up was

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