APPLETON - As people in Haiti continue their struggle to survive after thedevastating quake, people in Northeast Wisconsin are comingtogether for a special relief concert. On Wednesday, LawrenceUniversity hosted the "Concert for Haiti" at the school's MemorialChapel.
In the midst of desperation music can offer hope. The "Concertfor Haiti" did even more, lifting spirits while raising funds for adisaster even the Red Cross struggles to describe.
"There are immediate needs, food, shelter, water, medicalsupplies, search and rescue, things that people need right away tosurvive," Barbara Behling with the Red Cross said. "In the comingweeks those needs will expand."
Behling says money donated at the concert will help fund RedCross relief efforts, as well as benefit a now-destroyed musicschool Lawrence University has worked closely with for years.
Behling says the response of donors and volunteers has beenenormous. She says the deployment to Haiti has been the largestone-country response in Red Cross History.
"To put that into context, it is larger than the 2004 tsunami inwhich we were serving 14 countries," Behling said. "So, this onesmall country is receiving a lot of resources, man power,supplies."
All desperately needed. Lawrence students organized the benefitconcert, which featured past and present student musicians, aworld-renowned cellist, the Milwaukee Lutheran High School choirand guitarist Jeremiah Nelson among others.
"It's like a call to arms, it's cool to see everyone jump andpitch in," Nelson said.
He wanted his performance to strike a hopeful tone and a call togive. As concert goers streamed in for the 7p.m. performance, itseemed generosity was on the program.
In addition to donations for the Red Cross, Lawrence iscollecting music and instruments for the music school they hope toone day help rebuild.
"I think it's very important and I'm kind of proud at how theattendance at this is and how everybody is donating money,"Samantha Brockman of Kaukauna said.
She says one person can make a difference, bringing hope andhealing along with a song.
You can watch a 30 minute special on the "Concert for Haiti" onFOX 11 Thursday night. It begins at 9:30.
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