It is impossible to adequately express the gratitude we feel as music teachers at West Linn High School. To teach band, choir and orchestra in a school where we experience consistent support from our administration, parents and community is a rare gift, indeed. And the reality is, when you have a converging of commitment to our students from all stakeholders, amazing things happen, such as the West Linn High School Music Department’s “A Little Night Music” spaghetti dinner that took place Oct.24.

To plan a dinner and entertainment for well over 750 guests was no small task. It began before school started with a team of parents planning everything from ticket sales and soliciting sponsorships to coordinating the army of volunteers, entertainment and food purchases. Under the direction of Amy Biancardi, this team of volunteers handled all the logistics — Kathy Davis, Mindy Robinson, Lori and Ken Arrigotti, Chris Jones, Rhea Ledder, Jackie Wetzsteon and Cody Towsey.

In addition, we had very generous sponsors. The Layoun family donated all the breadsticks through their wholesale bakery, Teeny Foods. Cases of fresh breadsticks arrived the day of the dinner, with enough to allow all bread-loving guests to scoop and dip to their hearts’ content. The Arrigotti family, owners of The Backstop restaurant in Canby, pulled in their chef and service staff to prepare all the noodles and to train student servers. West Linn’s Bugatti’s Restaurant donated gallons of their delicious marinara sauce to top the pasta, and four local Starbucks locations provided coffee and condiments for dessert. Chip Avery from Norpac provided toppings for cheesecake. Because of the generosity of our sponsors, Dr. Yip from The Kids Dentist, Dr. Robinson from Lake Oswego Dentistry and Dr. Schlenker of Schlenker Chiropractic Associates provided the remaining expenses for salad, dressings, desserts and beverages. This means that 100 percent of the funds from ticket sales went directly to the students in the WLHS music program.

Finally add to the list, more than 40 parent volunteers, 47 Tri-M Music Honor Society students and 250 music students performing for more than 750 guests. We feel so fortunate to share in this community-sponsored, parent and student staffed evening of music and friends. We thank everyone involved for the tremendous outpouring of support for music and music education in West Linn.

Barbara Fontana, choir director; Kevin Egan, band and orchestra director; Kaeli Porter, choir director.

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