BOUNTIFUL – One local teen is giving the gift of music back to the Joy Foundation.
With the help of his parents, 14-year-old Spencer Lunt has organized a fundraising concert for the organization on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Wight House in Bountiful. The concert, which will feature musicians Cherie Call and Dallyn Vail Bayles, will support the foundation after their enforced move to Main Street.
“Spencer really got involved in the foundation’s open mic nights,” said Loren Lunt, Spencer’s father. “We felt he needed to give back.”
The event will also include performances by other local artists, as well as a bake sale. Art will be exhibited by Davis County artists Kirt Harmon and Cherilyn Fisher.
“We never anticipated that it would be this big, but we’re happy that it is,” said Loren. “We hope we’ll have a big turnout.”
Spencer first heard about the foundation through the open mic nights, which were held in the basement of the old Bountiful/Davis Art Center building. The foundation has recently ended the nights due to lack of performance space, but Spencer still remembers them fondly.
“I really liked the idea that anyone could go up there and perform,” he said. “I went and practiced songs for piano class.”
After the move, Spencer and his family went to help clean and re-paint the new building. It was during that volunteer effort that Spencer and his family first got the idea for the concert.
“My dad knew Cherie Call as a kid, and we thought it would be so cool to have her perform,” said Spencer.
Connections to Deseret Book’s PR department drew Bayles into the event.
“It kind of ballooned from there,” said Loren.
Kirt Harmon’s art students will paint a mural on the back of the Joy Foundation’s new building, located at 38 East and 400 South. The design for the mural will be unveiled at the event.
Tickets are $5 per person and $20 per family, though additional donations are welcome. The Wight House is located at 95 North Main Street in Bountiful.
“The Joy Foundation does all of these fun little activities,” said Spencer. “We wanted to do one for them.”