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Beats for a Cause: Cedar Park Eagle Scout raises money for project through music

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Leave it to Will Lambert to get the whole neighborhood hopping along with music while raising money for an important cause. 

The Cedar Park High School saxophonist is working his way to becoming an Eagle Scout and rounded up a few friends to put on a concert at the Anderson Mill West park pavilion on Sept. 23 to raise funds to support Carrying Hope, a non-profit organization that provides backpacks full of needed items for Texas children in foster care.

“I was trying to find creative ways to fundraise for Carrying Hope,” said Lambert, who is a Life Scout. “This was a spur of the moment kind of thing but I thought that it would be really nice to do.”

According to Carrying Hope, “More than 17,000 children are removed from their homes by CPS in the state of Texas every year.” Oftentimes, the children are left without clothing, toothbrushes, formula, diapers and other necessities. Since July 2016, Carrying Hope has distributed more than 2,500 Hope Packs to foster children in Central Texas.

The group served refreshments and serenaded their audience with tunes like “Bang Bang,” The ESPN theme, “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Hey Baby!,” “I Want You Back,” “Land of 1000 Dances,” “Runaway Baby,” “The Hey Song,” “Wabash Cannonball” and “Fight Song.” 

“I have a lot of friends in band and I think it’s a really great way to bring the community together to meet in a central place like this,” said the fifteen-year-old. “I just thought it would be a good way to do something nice for people, bring the community together and raise money for Carrying Hope.”

For his Eagle Scout Project, Lambert will assemble and install shelving and clothing racks inside Carrying Hope’s new office building at 8711 Burnet Rd., Ste. A-15, in Austin, slated to start within the next month.

“I’m really happy with my project,” said Lambert. “We’re making a lot of project and this is a really great thing to be a part of. I really love being involved with the Boy Scouts, you learn a lot of important life lessons that you’ll take with you forever. You never know when those skills will come in handy.”

Lambert is a sophomore at Cedar Park High School. He was also one of just 250 high school musicians selected to perform at the world-famous Sydney Opera House in Australia as a part of the 2018 High School Honor Performance Series in late July. 

Lambert plays tenor sax and is currently in the CPHS Wind Symphony band and the Cedar Park High School marching band.

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