Where Did the Idea of Street Scenes Come From?
Forty-seven years ago, it all started with a group of parent volunteers – our founding families, including the Kasting, Howland, Thompson, and Nemmers families – who looked to help raise money for Carmel High School. At the time in 1974, there were two separate schools – one for the girls and one for the boys – with which came separate fundraisers for each school. The families thought of combining the schools’ fundraisers into one major event. So in 1974, Street Scenes kicked off with two shows for families who wanted to raise money for the school.
Over the years, Street Scenes flourished and became a mainstay for students, parents, alumni, and community members. This 47th year has brought unique challenges, but has also opened up different opportunities for Street Scenes to reach people from around the world! As we planned this year’s event, we were able to connect with bands from the surrounding area, volunteers, and staff from years past, and we even found new volunteers looking to help make Street Scenes a reality. There is no doubt that Street Scenes has created bonds among people that can only be described as a family.
Would our founding families have thought that 47 years and $11.4 million dollars later this is where Street Scenes would be? They would be proud to know that their efforts have benefitted Carmel Catholic students in unimaginable ways, providing them with countless resources to support their education and growth at Carmel Catholic.