The Westport Rotary Club said it has donated $2,500 to a select Staples High School choral group to help fund its planned trip to an elite choir festival in San Francisco.

The a capella group, The Orphenians, is one of 10 high school vocal groups in the country invited to the Chanticleer National Youth Choir Festival in March. It hopes to raise $20,000 to defray costs of the trip.

Rotary Club President Steve Lewine presented a $2,500 check to Orphenians director Luke Rosenberg at a lunch Tuesday at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, the club said in a news release. The Orphenians performed a selection of holiday songs during the lunch.

"Our club is very committed to the youth in our community," Lewine said in the release. "Last year, 35 percent of our charitable allocations went to support youth programs, and we expect the percentage to be similar this year, including this grant."

Lewine said the donation is intended to help all members of the vocal group, including those with financial constraints, go to the festival. The money will go toward meals and other expenses, according to the release.

Chanticleer is a professional male a capella group that has performed around the globe, recorded dozens of CDs and conducts educational outreach programs. During a pre-holiday tour, the group coincidently performed in Westport Dec. 6 in a concert at Christ & Holy Trinity Church.

Its four-day youth choral festival in March will include coaching of high school vocalists by Chanticleer members and a concert featuring all 10 school groups in San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall.