KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Festival Of Men?s Voices Helps Project S.O.S.

Bookmark and Share

Around 6,650 backpacks were given out to children need of school supplies this year. But helping the kids doesn't stop there. Fifteen years ago, the Banquet in Sioux Falls began recruiting choruses in the area to help out. Sunday, they sang again at O'Gorman High School Lorang Theatre, raising money for the cause.
More than 180 singers in five different chorus groups are volunteering their time for kids in need of school supplies.

"We hear from teachers and administrators that when children start off the first day of school with the supplies they need so they are successful for the school year," said Banquet Special Events Director, Madeline Shields.

Over 1,000 people shared the same vision on Sunday, packing the seats of the O'Gorman Lorang Theatre for the 15th Annual Men's Voices Choir Concert.

"Getting involved with underprivileged children is part of what the group is all about. That's why we’ve been going out for 40 years,” said chorus member, Marlowe VanGinkel.

Together they raised more than $8,300 for the Banquet. It’s money that will buy even more backpacks and supplies for children who don't have them.

The event may seem big, but the project that helps more than 6,000 children each year started out small with a conversation at the Banquet.

“We had a mother there that had several children and she was sobbing and wondering how she was going get school supplies for her children when she can’t feed them,” said Shields.

Soon a few school supplies were left on the tables, and people like Ann DeWit stepped in.

"When I came in, they needed someone to get the supplies and get them organized as they came in," said Project S.O.S. organizer, Ann DeWit.

She said in its first couple of years, she helped store the supplies in her own home.

"There was no place to keep it at the banquet so our basements and attic was full,” said DeWit.

What started with a few crayons and notebooks has grown into an auditorium full of people, singing the same song, in the tune of helping others.
If your child or anyone you know is in need of a backpack, you can contact The Banquet in Sioux Falls. They give out one backpack to each child per school year.

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

BackPack Program To Feed Record Amount  story with video

The number of stomachs one South Dakota food assistance program has been ...

Obama Authorizes Federal Disaster Aid For SD

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for South Dakota ...

1st Revenue Estimate Puts SD State Budget In Black

Two agencies say state government is expected to end the new fiscal year in the black. ...

SF Road Construction Season In Full Swing  story with video  Jul. 28

Grain Elevators Looking For More Trains  story with video  Jul. 28

Police Release SF Robbery Suspect Pictures  Jul. 28

Man Reported Fake Robbery At SD Verizon Store  Jul. 28

SBA Disaster Centers Closing In 3 SD Cities  Jul. 28

Education Students In SD Get State Scholarship  Jul. 28

No More Handshakes  story with video  Jul. 28

Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar For $8.5 billion  Jul. 28

Court Upholds SD Man's Murder Sentence  Jul. 28

CO Man Dies In Meade County Accident  Jul. 28

Aurora Woman Killed In Idaho Accident  Jul. 28

Iowa Town Bracing For Closure Of Tyson Foods Plant  Jul. 28

Grain Storage Space A Problem In Parts Of SD  Jul. 28

SD Statehood Project Uses Soil From Each County  Jul. 28

Tornado-Stricken Nebraska Town Gets Some Iowa Help  Jul. 28

Officials Urge Crackdown On Tax Evaders At Rally  Jul. 28

Tribal Group Asking For Hearing On Water Rights  Jul. 28

Corsica Deals With Storm Aftermath  story with video  Jul. 27

SF Boy Helps Reunite Troops, Dogs  story with video  Jul. 27

Canton Car Show Packs Streets   Jul. 27

Silver City Cemetery Celebrates Signing  Jul. 27

KDLT News Archive

Corsica Deals With Storm Aftermath  story with video

Residents of Corsica are recovering from a major storm that hit the ...

Police Release SF Robbery Suspect Pictures

Sioux Falls Police have released surveillance pictures ...

SF Boy Helps Reunite Troops, Dogs  story with video

A Sioux Falls boy has completed his international mission. That ...

CO Man Dies In Meade County Accident  Jul. 28

No More Handshakes  story with video  Jul. 28

Court Upholds SD Man's Murder Sentence  Jul. 28

Canton Car Show Packs Streets   Jul. 27

SD Highway 34 Closing East Of Howes  Jul. 27

KDLT News Archive

Madison and Tabor advance to "B" Championship  story with video

Tabor won a thriller over Groton 6-5 to advance to Tuesday's State "B" Legion ...

Hejna jumps into college football at SDSU  story with video

Considering his first name it's appropriate that Yankton's J. J. ...

Vikings Sign Rudolph To Extension  story with video

Mankato, MN (July 27, 2014) – The Minnesota Vikings have announced ...

Birds Blow Chance For Sweep  story with video  Jul. 27

Madison Rolls Past Groton At Legion State B  story with video  Jul. 27

Champions Crowned At Asfora/Clayton Tournament  story with video  Jul. 27

Veteran Greenway Leader On Vikings Defense  story with video  Jul. 27

Canaries Make It Two In A Row Against X's  story with video  Jul. 26

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top