Student-led night of music and drama benefits the homeless

April 08, 1994|By Karen E. Ludwig | Karen E. Ludwig,Contributing Writer

Frank Pardavila wanted to help the homeless -- and he did it with music.

"I would see the homeless at the church's doorstep who would come up and ask for help," the former Boys' Latin student said, recalling his work as deacon's assistant at the Basilica of the Assumption. "Then, I would go back to school at Boys' Latin, where students are fairly wealthy, and saw the students and their parents driving up in nice cars. And it just didn't seem right to me."

His concern sparked a fund-raising idea, and tonight, more than 100 students will display their musical and artistic talents in the Boys' Latin Fourth Annual Concert for the Homeless.

Previous concerts have raised as much as $1,000 for the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services.

Members of the Boys' Latin Chorus will perform, as well as students from Poly Prep Day School of New York City, the drama club from Roland Park Country School and the Harbor Tones barbershop quartet.

Mr. Pardavila, 22, now a junior majoring in international politics at Mount Saint Mary's College, says one particular homeless man stands out in his mind. "It seemed like he was always drinking, and I just thought if I gave money to him he would use it for that."

One day, the man, cleaned up and wearing a suit, approached Mr. Pardavila.

"He told me that someone gave him a chance," Mr. Pardavila recalled. "And I thought, 'These people just need some help. They are just like us, but they have just taken a wrong turn in life. I could be there some day.' "

Mr. Pardavila will give a brief speech at tonight's concert, set for 7:30 in the J. A. W. Iglehart Center.

Admission is $4.50 plus a can of food.

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