The Charitable Lumpsters
The Fabulous Lumpsters, a local band, are giving a rare performance on Friday night to benefit the United Way of Alamance County.
Founded in 1988 by a group of friends who graduated from Walter M. Williams High School, the band has raised over $1 million for nonprofits in Alamance County in the past 25 years by giving free performances for fundraiser events.
Heidi Norwick, president of the county’s United Way, is hoping Friday’s performance yields $40,000 to kick off the organization’s fall campaign.
Its goal for 2017-18 — its 90th year in Alamance — is $1.5 million. The funding will go to the organization’s community fund, which provides grants for education, health, and financial stability programs and also for community initiatives.
But the concert isn’t only about raising money.
The Lumpsters only perform once every two or three years, and when they do it provides an opportunity for the community to come together, reunite with old friends, enjoy music and have fun.
“It’s very special and the fact that it all goes back to the community makes it even more special,” Norwick said.
Each performance is an all-out production. The band, which has added members since it began, plays multiple genres of music, from KISS to The Blues Brothers, and has back-up singers, dancers and a brass section. Norwick says the lighting effects and costume changes ensure there’s never a dull moment.
On Friday, a $50 ticket covers a dinner buffet by Johnny Bakatsias Catering and the 9 p.m. performance. You can buy tickets through the United Way’s website at uwalamance.org.
Greg Lunsford, aka Mr. Lumpster, says the band is happy to aid the United Way’s mission.
“We’re very excited to be a part of this fundraising event, knowing that the monies raised will be distributed back into our community,” Lunsford said. “I am personally grateful for and proud of the other 19 people that make up The Fabulous Lumpsters for their willingness to give of their time and talent for the good of others.”
For those who can’t attend the concert or donate money, Norwick encourages volunteer hours through Volunteer Alamance.
Create an account at volunteeralamance.org and you’ll be linked through United Way to volunteer opportunities in your area.
Norwick says the service is excellent for high school students looking to bulk up their resumes, and it provides a way for Alamance residents to be the change they want to see.
“We are the leading nonprofit in convening people around issues,” Norwick said. “We fund a lot of organizations, but we also fund a lot of initiatives around literacy, around housing, around hunger. We look at the big picture of issues, so if people want to see changes around the big issues like poverty and crime, the United Way is focusing on that every day.”
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