Thursday January 10, 2013
In what has become a beloved tradition, South Burlington High School (SBHS) students involved in PACT (Parents and Adults Celebrating Children and Teens) and the University of Vermont Top Cats (the men’s a cappella group) visited the residents of the Allenwood Senior Living Community on December 6 to engage in dialogue, share dessert, and enjoy another outstanding performance by the Top Cats. PACT teen leaders Noah Bugbee, Emily Camardo, Neel Desai, Raihan Kabir, Maraika Lumholdt, Talia Solomon, and Natalie Trono hosted the event and spoke powerfully about why they are involved in PACT.
Impressed by the turnout of eighty people, Allenwood resident Lenny Roberge reflected, “The Top Cats are just terrific.”
Drew Fusco, UVM Top Cats business manager, summed up the feelings of the group, who donated their time to perform during final exams week: “I believe that the Top Cats are meant to bring smiles to people’s faces. Events such as PACT Dessert and Dialogue at Allenwood are the most gratifying to us.”
In a letter to PACT, UVM President Thomas Sullivan also recognized the importance of community partnerships: “Thank you very much for taking the time to write to me about the excellent experience you had working with our University Top Cats. I am so pleased to hear that they made such a valuable contribution to your organization at your annual visit to Allenwood Senior Living Facility. It sounds like a wonderful event that benefits people of all ages in the South Burlington community. We are proud that our students serve so many community organizations as leaders and role models. I look forward to our continued partnership!”
And SBHS junior Ms. Lumholdt, a PACT Advisory Board member, captured the feelings of many: “This is my favorite PACT event.”
SOURCE: Susie Merrick, Contributor