Scholars kick off fifth annual Concert For A Cure

By Zach Briggs

Ithaca College’s fifth annual Concert for a Cure was held in Emerson Suites on April 11. The success of the benefit event continues to improve each year: There were more than 80 concert attendees and more than $1,200 was raised to help support the American Cancer Society and its fight against cancer.

As event coordinator, I believe the Concert for a Cure is one of the most important group service projects a Park Scholar can get involved with. Not only do 100% of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to help with cancer research, but the event presents a unique opportunity for each Scholar to participate. Scholars can choose their involvement based on their individual interests including video production, event planning and marketing. Working with a skill that is specific to a Scholar’s interests or major at IC ensured that their passion for the cause was able to flourish in their own unique way.

For the past four years, the Concert for a Cure has featured live performances, the majority of which are Ithaca-based. I think this year’s event connected more than ever with audience members through a “kumbaya experience” inspired by five wonderful performances. Following a Concert for a Cure video to open the event, the first performer was Ithaca College’s only show choir, Routine Disturbances, with a cover of the song “I Believe.” Next was the all-female a cappella group Premium Blend, followed by Joey Esce, a singer-songwriter hailing from central New York, who released his first EP, “Songs from the Heart,” earlier this year. The next musician, Parallelis, used his “hacked” 1989 GameBoy to create an electronic sound to accompany his ukulele. The evening’s last performer, San Williams, was a gifted rap and hip-hop artist hailing from Atlanta, Georgia who recently performed at South By Southwest.

Several raffle prizes, including two camping chairs donated by Tompkins Trust, a $25 gift certificate to Maxie’s Supper Club, a free haircut at Innovations and two semester-long passes to the Yoga School, were offered to raise additional funds. WBA Research in downtown Ithaca also sponsored the event as well as IC Dining Services, which generously provided all the food and drink at no charge to the organizers or concert attendees.

Coordinating this event would not have gone so smoothly without the amazing dedication and passion from Park Scholars: Kaitlin Logsdon, Keith Johnson, Madeline Feiner, Alexa Salvato, John Jacobson, Kevin Doubleday, Anne Bongermino, Ramya Vijayagopal, Megan Devlin, Vanessa O'Connor, and Crystal Kayiza. This team embodied the Park Scholar values and demonstrated a deep understanding of leadership, commitment to service, and passion for media.


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