Nothing like a novel way to hold a fundraiser to catch the eye and the pocketbook. My “clever idea for a fundraiser” award goes to the TUFF (Teens United for Faith) youth group of the Faith Lutheran Church in Brookfield.

The ambitious teens recently embarked on a 30-hour famine in cooperation with World Vision. The theme was to “flush out hunger.” Now here is where the clever part comes in. The group had a toilet to place on the front lawn of church members. They are a tough group! However, members could protect their homes from the new lawn decoration by donating $10 ahead of time. If they were not quick enough, it would be removed for a mere $15.

Following their 30-hour famine the TUFF group broke their fast with a potluck dinner. More information on the TUFF group can be obtained by calling the office of the Faith Lutheran Church at 485-0096.

Along with the theme of this column, which could be called “young people getting involved,” we look to Hauser Junior High School, which on Friday, March 12 will be holding a “Survivor Karaoke” event to aid the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

It will take place after school at Hauser and is open for all to attend with a $3 fee at the door. There will be a concession stand, and all the proceeds from the event will go directly to the Red Cross for Haitian Relief.

“Survivor Karaoke” is sponsored by the Hauser Student Council with the guidance of their sponsors Kelly Huber and Lynn Janik. Those wishing to make a donation can make it out to The Red Cross. If you don’t know a Hauser student, checks can be sent directly to the school, 65 Woodside Road, Riverside, Ill. 60546.

One of those great old musicals – Guys and Dolls – is being presented this weekend at Riverside-Brookfield High School. Showtimes are March 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 14 at 2 p.m.

Come see if the “dolls” Adelaide and Sarah (who looks remarkably like my granddaughter, Stephanie Duve, because it is) can tame the “guys” Nathan and Sky. No need to pay downtown prices for an evening or afternoon of lighthearted musical entertainment. You’ll be guaranteed to come out singing the songs and tappin’ your toes.

For more info on tickets ($8 for adults; $5 students/seniors) call RB at 442-7500.