Benefit dinner to help Chamberlains
by: Garth Guibord, From left, Sandy High School seniors Kate McKague, Ashley Day, Megan Murphy, Laura
Mitchel, Steven Bettendorf, Joey D’Aboy and Jake Fenwick plan out the next steps for their senior project.

Sandy High School senior Kate McKague wants to pursue a career as an events planner after she graduates. Right now, however, she's getting firsthand experience for the vocation by organizing a fund-raiser for members of the Chamberlain family, who lost their home to a fire in December.

'I've known the Chamberlains my whole life; they've been family friends,' McKague said. 'I was at their church for a Christmas play and heard their house burnt down. I thought it was a great opportunity to have a senior project with a great purpose.'

That senior project will be a benefit dinner and video montage at the Resort on the Mountain at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28. McKague enlisted the help of nine other seniors, who have passed out fliers, set up donation jars, made announcements at basketball games and churches, and done their best to get the word out about the benefit.

'It's a good cause,' said senior Ashley Day. '(The biggest challenge) for me was coming out of my comfort zone and asking people things.'

The menu includes baked chicken, lasagna, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Tickets are $20, with $5.50 benefiting the Chamberlain family. McKague expects approximately 50 people to attend, but there is no limit to the number of spaces available.

'We are pleased to partner with these students on their thoughtful senior project,' said Eleanor Green, event coordinator at the Resort on the Mountain. 'It's nice to see students participating in the community in such a positive way.'

A video montage also will be shown, featuring pictures of the family, news clips, family videos and pictures from an earlier benefit at Smokey Hearth Pizza in Sandy.

'I'm very impressed with the seniors putting this on,' said Teresa Chamberlain. 'The community has done a lot, way more than I'd ever thought.'

Chamberlain reported that her family recently found a new home to live in and that the money raised from the benefit dinner will go to remodeling efforts, which she said 'needs it.'

The efforts are part of a new graduation requirement for Sandy High School seniors to complete a senior project. Students involved with the dinner feel fortunate that they have such a good cause to work on.

'I know the family; Les was my football coach in eighth grade,' said senior Jake Fenwick. 'When I found out that his house burned down, it inspired me to help out.'