Tunes for St Judes to Host Benefit Concert

The Tunes for St. Jude’s Club (TSFJ) will be hosting its first benefit concert at 6:30 PM. next Friday in the Clark Music Center to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

The Tunes for St. Jude’s Club (TSFJ) will be hosting its first benefit concert at 6:30 PM. next Friday in the Clark Music Center to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Tickets will be sold in the Irwin Dining Center next week for $4.00 and at the concert door for $6.00. The concert will feature a variety of student performances ranging from a dance performance by Evelyn Dugan ’21 to singing performances by co-ed a cappella group The Larries. The International Baking Club will also be baking complimentary desserts to support St. Jude’s during the concert.

On the importance of collaboration between community service clubs, President of International Baking Club Stephanie Owusu ’20, who has organized events with other student organizations including Prevention by Attention and the Sustainable Solutions Club in the past, said, “The essence of community service is that regardless of the different causes we are trying to help, change and trying to make a difference is what we’re aiming for. So, if you are able to collaborate, the net positive difference is greater because not only are you showing support for your peers and unity in the school environment but also… that service is not an individual activity but rather [it] serves to connect people.”

“Music is such a big part of my life, and I’m really passionate about it,” President of TSF Jacqueline Chen ’21 said. To combine her love for music and community service, Chen founded the TSFJ club on campus.

As one of the few hospitals in the country that does not require families to pay fees for any treatment not covered by insurance, [St. Judes] relies on donations to help provide for all of its patients and fulfill its mission to “advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment,” according to its website.

While the concert will feature a variety of musical talent not limited to instrumental music, Chen hopes that this platform can help promote instrumental musicians on campus.

“I think that there could be more attention brought to different forms of music on campus, such as instrumental music. When I thought of this event, I thought of not only helping St. Jude’s but also being able to shine more light on instrumental music at Lawrenceville,” Chen said.

On highlighting the arts on campus, Chen continued, “We have so many talented students on campus, and I thought a benefit concert would be a great opportunity to show off student talent while also supporting an organization with an important goal.”

In the future, she hopes to continue fostering a love for music on campus while supporting St. Jude’s, and she is currently exploring other musical options for fundraiser activities. “I’d love to make [the benefit concert] a yearly event,” Chen said. “After I graduate, it’d be great if someone else could keep it going because it’s a great cause and a fun way to raise money.”

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