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Wave to Santa, drop off canned foods for the hungry at the 4th annual Jammin’ with Santa event this Saturday in Princeton

You can’t pose for photos with them, but you can wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus at the canned food drive that is part of the fourth annual Jammin’ with Santa event this Saturday.

The Princeton High School studio band and jazz ensemble can’t perform in person for their annual holiday fundraiser this year due to the pandemic. But the band will host a virtual event for the fourth annual Jammin’ with Santa, along with a food drive in memory of Princeton resident Stephanie Chorney, who died in September after a long battle with breast cancer. Her son, Julian, performs in the jazz ensemble.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, the food drive will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the high school at 151 Moore Street. This is a drive-thru event at the front loop at the high school. Bring canned goods in a bag or box, and leave them inside your car for volunteers to collect. Masks will be work by all volunteers.

Canned food donations and money collected on Saturday will be donated to Arm in Arm. Donate six cans of food or more, and receive a free copy of the studio band’s recently released “Princeton Studio Band: The Abbey Road Sessions” CD.

Children are welcome to join you and wave to Mr. and Mrs. Claus from your vehicles. Children will receive a craft bag to participate in some small crafts and fun as part of the Jammin’ with Santa virtual event, which will begin online at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Visit www.princetonjazz.org on Saturday for a link to the 1 p.m. virtual event.

One Comment

  1. What’s wrong with this picture?… this fantastic Jazz band is made up of White and Asian kids…not one Black kid that I could see in their pictures, which is really jarring. No interest in jazz among black kids? And the idea of asking people to donate cans of food to get a CD clearly sends a message that only those in a position to make donations are welcomed… What a missed opportunity to turn this into a recruitment effort to start engaging kids from less privileged families in the district and invite them to consider joining the band… I know the intention is good, but my sense is that Stephanie Chorney would have done this differently… What will the Princeton district come up with next? A Mariachi band without Mexicans?

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