Six months in the making: Concert for a Cure

By Erica Moriarty, '16

On Sunday night, student performers pulsed the walls of Emerson Suites as the 4th Annual Concert for a Cure’s main event took place.

Each year, the concert raises funds for organizations supporting cancer research. A group of Park Scholars work together to plan the benefit concert, bringing together students, faculty and community members annually to help in the fight for a cure.

The Park Scholars chose to donate the proceeds from this year’s Concert for a Cure to the American Cancer Society. ACS is a nonprofit corporation that has operated for nearly 100 years. The organization prides itself on helping people stay well and get well. In addition, ACS works to find cures and pass laws to defeat cancer. To help the organization in its fight, the Park Scholars called on some familiar performers on campus for help.

This year’s lineup included Ithaca College’s favorite a capella groups. Ithacapella, Voicestream and Premium Blend performed to an intimate crowd on Sunday. The audience sat on the floor while being serenaded by the performers. In addition, Ithaca’s student bands, The Northern Route and Second Dam, ended the show with a bang, lifting the crowd onto their dancing feet.

One of the lead coordinators of the project, Keith Johnson, described the performances. He said, “You could feel the passion and emotion behind every performance, and you could see the conviction of every audience member as they watched.”

However, the concert did not just happen over night. In the months leading up to the concert, 11 Park Scholars planned the concert. The planning included finding a lineup, arranging the logistics and creating advertising for the event. Essentially, putting together the show involved much developing and organizing.

“When a group of students are able to spend months working together to overcome this fatigue and pull together an event for such a great cause, it's a truly incredible feeling,” said Johnson.

Although the main event of this year is done and past, the Park Scholars’ efforts do not stop there. The group already began making arrangements for next year’s Concert for a Cure in the hopes of making it even bigger and better. The Park Scholars hope to keep the concert as an annual occurrence in order to fight cancer and find a cure.  


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