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Musicians give back at Appleton's Street Music Week, raising over $6,000 for 25,000 meals

Posted at 10:22 PM, Jun 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-17 23:22:30-04

APPLETON, Wis. (NBC 26) — Musicians of all skill levels were in downtown Appleton for the 10th annual Street Music Week, which benefits the state's largest food bank.

"To me, it means a lot, because I came from a family who could barely afford," keyboardist Phillip Argill said.

Argill and his band The Darts used an orange donation bucket to try to help Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

"To me, who's now in an area where I can do something like this, I feel it's amazing to give back to people who really can't afford to eat," he said.

As of Friday morning, Feeding America says it raised over $6,000, which is enough to provide almost 25,000 meals to local families.

"By the end of all this, I hope to have raised enough money to at least have fed a few families for a month," Argill said.

The food bank also says a one-dollar donation can provide four meals.

"I was pretty supported by my family and all my music endeavors, [so] I feel like I always feel like giving back," Kate Stenson said.

Musicians started performing along College Avenue on Monday. Stenson, an employee at co-organizer Heid Music, brought out the violin on Tuesday.

"It's a really special event," she said. "This year, our goal was $8,000. I think we're pretty close to it."

After the week's concerts, that goal is possible. The bucket drive ends this weekend.

"I was like 'well, I gotta do this,'" Stenson said. "'It's my day off, but gotta drive down and support this cause.'"