Lawrence musician McVey to headline Topeka AIDS project

Leia Karimul Bashar

Lawrence musician Charles McVey will be featured live in concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Upstage Gallery, located at 700 S.W. Jackson Ave.

Sponsored by Washburn student organization OPEN and Traig Consulting, the concert will double as a food drive to benefit the Topeka AIDS Project. Admission is one non-perishable food item, although OPEN suggests five items of non-perishable food per person.

Resa Boydston, secretary for OPEN, said the Topeka AIDS Project is looking for things like ravioli, spaghetti-O’s, soup and other easy-to-prepare foods for people who may be unable to cook.

OPEN decided to co-sponsor the concert and food drive after learning that the food pantry for the Topeka AIDS Project was running low.

“AIDS medications cost so much that a lot of times [AIDS patients] don’t have money for food left in their budget,” said Boydston. “When I found out that their food pantry was running low, it just broke my heart. We had to do something.”

To learn more about the Topeka AIDS Project, visit the Web site, The site offers information about volunteer opportunities and outreach programs in the Topeka area.