By Saeri Plagmann, Features Editor
Every year the John F Kennedy High School music department holds a concert to help fundraise for various charitable organizations. This year, on March 1, at 7 p.m., the music department will be hosting a benefit concert for WEAVE, a Sacramento Organization that provides support to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and sex trafficking.
Since the beginning of this school year, Kennedy’s music department has held several fundraisers to help their marching band and color guard pay for their trip to Washington D.C. in May, where they will perform at the National Memorial Day Parade. The purpose of holding a benefit concert for WEAVE is to give back to the community, and as Kennedy band director, Jeremy Hammond says, “We do so many things for ourselves, constantly raising money. We would like to do something to help other people.”
Within the many organizations in Sacramento, WEAVE was selected by the student leadership. The original proposal to donate to WEAVE was made by Lucy Salazar, Kennedy senior and clarinet section leader. “Especially with what happened with our soccer coach, we want to come together as a community to fight people like that,” she says. The sex trafficking incident that took place this school year is still a widespread concern among Kennedy students and is the reason that prompted many to vote for the chosen organization.
Other changes for the concert fundraiser this year include special guest invitations to help reach the goal of $2,000. “While we might not be able to each donate to WEAVE Sacramento, we are able to work together and create a synergistic program that allows us to support our local WEAVE chapter,” says Bryan Stroh, Kennedy band and choir director.
The concert will be held in the school auditorium with an admission price of five dollars. Performing are the concert and jazz bands, choir, and the percussion ensemble. “We want to make sure that while [our community representatives] are supporting us in our efforts to get to D.C., we are supporting our own community and taking care of what we can at home,” says Stroh.