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A Finneytown Story of Giving

Posted on: December 21, 2016

In case you need a little good news: A kind Finneytown supporter donates a guitar to the P.E.M. Memorial fundraiser. An anonymous benefactor buys the guitar -- then donates it to a hard-working, music-loving FHS student.

The student, Xander, had long wanted a guitar, but it always seemed just out of reach. Then, on December 20, he walked into the Secondary lunchroom, heard someone call his name and, before he knew quite what was happening, was opening a Dean electric guitar and Hercules guitar stand. Then people were applauding.

"This is not something I've ever seen before," Xander said of the serendipitous gift. "I'd like to thank the person who gave it to me for letting me grow more in music. I've always believed that music is a way of reaching other people. I'm going to see if I can pass along the goodwill."

The P.E.M. Memorial celebrates the lives of three former Finneytown students who died in the 1979 Who concert tragedy, and raises scholarship funds for current Finneytown students. (Money raised from the donation and sale of the guitar went into the scholarship fund.) Presenting the gift to Xander were founder John Hutchins and committee members Fred Wittenbaum and Toni Hutchins.

"We are really glad we were able to make this happen and greatly appreciate FHS for pointing us in the direction of Xander," Fred Wittenbaum said. "I think P.E.M. made a lasting impression on this fine young man."