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PEM vigil and concert: A night of remembering, and looking forward

Posted on: December 4, 2017
Students light candles at annual PEM vigil.

Visionary people can sometimes turn tragedy into acts of healing and compassion. Besides memorializing three Finneytown students who died at the 1979 Who concert, the annual PEM vigil and concert helps fund the dreams of current arts students. This year's event was something special.


PEM Memorial vigil and concert

More than 150 people attended the event, including classmates and family members of the students who died and 47 current Finneytown students. Each year the PEM Memorial Committee finds new ways to keep their classmates' memories alive. This year a flagpole was added to the memorial site in front of the Performing Arts Center and a striking white-and-black memorial flag flew from it. Three roving spotlights called attention to the vigil and more than 980 people viewed a live Facebook feed of the event.

Community members, staff and students and FHS alumni from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s bid on silent auction items and raffles. Proceeds fund generous scholarships to seniors who will major or minor in the arts in college.

Heartfelt thanks go to the PEM Memorial Committee and their family members, who put hours into organizing and hosting the annual event: John Hutchins, Toni Hutchins, Steve Bentz, Fred Wittenbaum and Walt Medlock.