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High School Student organizes Haiti benefit concert

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

Although it's been several weeks since a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, efforts to help the country are still ongoing. A packed Sunday night concert benefiting Haiti proved that.

A Concert of Hope for Haiti was held at Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington. It was organized by a student with a vision, Lafayette High School Junior Jacob Yates.

"With this recent disaster in Haiti, I knew I wanted to do something right off the bat," says Yates.

All performers, from the Lafayette High School choir and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra to the University of Kentucky Opera guests were all volunteers.

I thought it was a worthy cause," says Whit Whitaker, a well-known Lexington singer, who performed Sunday night.

The seats filled with those who reached into their pockets for change.

"I envisioned this just to be a grassroots effort, and here we are," says Yates.

It was a night to remember those who have lost so much.

All proceeds from the concert will go to the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission out of Versailles. Some $5,000 has been raised so far. DVDs of the performance will also be on sale. All proceeds from those sales will also go the Haiti mission.


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