Music and BBQ

By Brandon HENSLEY

Come Saturday morning, the CV High School quad will be full of music, raffles, and most of all, plenty of Korean barbecue.

It’s all part of the second annual Outdoor Family Korean Barbecue luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., held at CV High to support the CV Instrumental Music Foundation.

“It’s going to be full Korean barbecue meal with beef, and a bajillion side dishes,” said parent and vice president of the foundation Susan Stanley.

The foundation supports the work of the school’s music department, which includes the jazz and concert bands, and the choir. In all, 260 students are a part of the department.

The barbecue luncheon came about last year after Stanley said they had to find new ways to come up with fundraising after organizing car washes became a struggle.

“Last year we were having trouble getting people to organize one for the spring,” and we took a poll to the students and asked them, ‘What kind of fundraisers are you willing to participate in?’” Stanley said.

As it turns out,  one of the students looked at the list but instead suggested a Korean barbecue.

“It was so successful and people had such a good time we decided to make this part of our annual fundraiser; maybe someday we’ll make it our only fundraiser.”

Stanley said the fundraiser helped bring the music department closer together;  it was the first time Korean parents actively led a fundraising event like this. Stanley said almost of the department is comprised of Korean students.

In addition to the food, there will be music from the school jazz band and student rock bands. A Taekwondo group will also demonstrate their practice.

Raffle prizes will also be given away. Prizes will include tickets to shows at the Hollywood Bowl and Mark Taper Forum, free professional teeth whitening, a Tony Hawk Shred Wii game and the biggest of them all, a Disneyland Park-Hopper package for two.

“People [last year] spent hours sitting out in the quad because there was all this music to listen to, and the raffle drawings, and it was exciting [having] stuff being given away. People were moving around and sitting at different tables, just being very sociable,” Stanley said.

And of course, Stanley enjoyed the food.

“To me this is comparable than what you get in any of our local restaurants,” she said. “Better in some ways. There’s a huge amount of food in some ways … this is food anyone would like.”

Tickets for the luncheon are $10. For more information, call the Instrumental Music Department at (818) 249-5871.

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