Relief Concert Exceeds Goal
Dickinson College students have raised more than $17,000 in donations—$7,000 more than their goal—to benefit victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Their efforts culminated in a relief concert last Friday at the Carlisle Theatre. The theatre was filled with nearly 1,000 students and community members.
“I was so proud of the Dickinson College community on Friday night and I am so happy to live in such a kind and caring community,” said concert co-organizer Lee Tankle ’10, president of the student senate. “It is absolutely incredible that we were able to put this show together in under five weeks.”
Nine Dickinson performing groups—the Octals, Syrens, Infernos, D-Tones, Dance Theatre Group, Synergy, Hypnotic, Third Degree Step Team, and the Dickinson College String Quartet—were joined onstage by community groups REACH! and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Alexandra Baranick '10, chair of the Haiti benefit concert committee, hosted the show [article continues below].
Organizers raised $17,124 and anticipate more donations, which they will send to ServeHaiti and EcoFiltro, nonprofit organizations with Dickinson-alumni connections that support Haiti relief.
ServeHaiti sends teams of medical professionals and laypersons to Haiti to deliver supplies and medicine and to perform medical triage and special projects. Peter Anderson ’73 is treasurer and board member of ServeHaiti, which he helped establish in 2001. His daughter, Hannah Anderson ’13, also works with the organization. Made in 16 countries, EcoFiltro water filters reduce the incidence of waterborne ailments by more than 50 percent. Christine Keilhauer Wilson ’93 makes 2,500 EcoFiltro water filters each month at her organic-coffee farm in Guatemala.
For information about donating to Dickinson's Haiti relief fund, call (717) 245-1577.
Photos by A. Pierce Bounds '71
Story by Bill Sulon