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Concert benefits lunch program in Winchester

LUNCH MONEY: During the school year, many students get subsidized lunches. But what happens in the summer when they are not in school?

In Winchester, they still benefit.

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Winchester Got Lunch provides those students with lunch bags filled with healthy food needed to prepare lunches for five days a week. The lunch bags, packed by volunteers, are delivered directly to each participant’s home

Last summer, more than 6,000 lunches were delivered to 125 Winchester students.

“Winchester Got Lunch is a collaboration of churches, town and school employees, community organizers, businesses, and individuals,” said Sharon Johnson, copresident of the nonprofit. “It is a true testament that when there is a need, people come together to help.”

A benefit concert for Winchester Got Lunch, featuring singer-songwriter Jake Armerding, is 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about our relationship with the immediate community. Everyone should have access to real food, and it’s amazing to see such a strong outpouring of support,” said Armerding. “I’m thrilled my music can be part of the fund-raising effort for Winchester Got Lunch.”

Growing up in Ipswich, Armerding played classical violin and fiddle in his father’s bluegrass band Northern Lights. He now is a regular on stage at Club Passim in Cambridge, plays fiddle in the bluegrass band Barnstar!, and contributes multiple instruments to the ensemble The Fretful Porcupine. He is the author of six albums of original music.

Joining Armerding in the concert are Zack Hickman of Somerville and Annie Bartlett of Winchester.

Tickets are $40 with all proceeds benefiting Winchester Got Lunch.

Visit winchestergotlunch.org for information.

IN MEMORY OF MARY: The inaugural Miles for Mary 5K Run and Walk to benefit brain cancer research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is Saturday in Marblehead.

The event, along with a seminar and dinner next week, was organized by the Park family of Marblehead in memory of Mary C. Park, who died of brain cancer last year.

The family hopes to raise awareness of the effects of brain cancer, and to raise funds to advance research into new treatments.

The 5K run and walk starts at 10 a.m. at the Devereux Beach parking lot. This is the first time a race has been run on a newly certified course around Marblehead Neck.

The Muscular & Sports Therapy Center of Marblehead provides free massages before and following the race. Also following the race, Accelerated Physical Therapy provides free injury screening. For younger members of participating families, there will be face painting at the Devereux Beach parking lot.

On Tuesday, there will be a research seminar and dinner at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead. Dr. Elizabeth Gerstner, a physician and researcher in the Brain Tumor Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, will speak on recent innovations in brain cancer research and treatment.

The event begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $60, which includes dinner.

Online registration for the race is $25 and available through Friday. Race day registration is $30 and opens at 9.

Visit www.milesformary.com for information.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Samantha Alves has joined

Carol Houle

Children’s Friend and Family Services as director of youth mentoring and coordinator of health information technology. She previously was a policy advocate at the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and also served as an intern at Children’s Friend. She has a master’s degree in social work from Boston College. . . . Carol Houle has joined The Provident Bank in Amesbury as executive vice president and chief financial officer. She is responsible for financial data and reporting for the bank. Houle, a Salem, N.H., resident, is a certified public accountant and has been in the accounting industry for more than 20 years. . . . Stephanie Santos of Newmarket, N.H., has joined The Provident Bank as an assistant vice president and commercial lending officer. She began her banking career after graduating from Plymouth State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

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