posted on: Thursday February 25, 2010
Jordan Frias ’11/News Staff
Project Haiti made $462 for an event that cost them nothing to run over Presidents’ Day Weekend. With the money from the Haiti Benefit Concert and Cultural Celebration, Project Haiti has now raised $5,000, which is half of the $10,000 goal which it hopes to raise by the end of the academic year.
Katie McCann ’12 and Katie Tripp ’12, representatives from Project Haiti’s fundraising committee, contacted various musical groups to perform at the Hope for Haiti Benefit Concert held at McPhail’s on Saturday, Feb. 13. Despite the long weekend break, Valentine’s Day, and 110 Nights, McCann and Tripp were surprised to see over 100 people attend the event.
“People filtered in and out all night,” Tripp said.
McCann agreed that the group of people who showed up to support was consistent throughout the night.
McCann and Tripp said that McPhail’s and Todd Incantalupo, associate director of the SAIL Office, were major contributors in terms of booking a venue for the benefit concert in order to raise money for their Project Haiti account.
“It was the only open night in sight, so we grabbed it,” Tripp said.
McPhail’s is usually booked on weekend nights throughout the academic year. Luckily, McCann and Tripp booked the event through Incantalupo, who had McPhail’s fund the band to perform on that night. According to McCann and Tripp, McPhail’s normally pays for bands like Taste to perform on weekend nights, and was willing to support Project Haiti’s initiative.
The opening act for Taste was student group Cub, who McCann described as having a “steady following.” Cub contacted McCann and Tripp on Facebook and asked if they could donate their performance to the benefit concert, while Taste was sought out by Project Haiti members.
“We have a good use of connections,” Tripp stated. Many members of Project Haiti donated their time and services to the benefit concert that night, McCann and Tripp said.
McCann and Tripp are Resident Assistants who are members of various clubs at Providence College. McCann is involved in Amnesty International and Stop Hunger, while Tripp is a member of Student Congress. They approached club members and fellow Resident Assistants and encouraged them to fund or attend the Hope for Haiti Benefit Concert. Student Congress, the Feinstein Institute, and the Global Studies program agreed to co-sponsor the event, while fellow RA Meaghan Schlosstein ’11 sent out letters to various vendors.
McCann and Tripp received donations from the Providence College Bookstore, PC Department of Athletics, Big Tony’s Pizza, Caf