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Students Raise $12,000 for Hurricane Relief
Lauren Clark (second from left) and Amelia Wierzbicki (second from right) were among the students who organized a successful benefit concert for hurricane relief last fall. Congratulating them are President Walter Harrison and Catherine Stevenson, academic dean for international and honors programs.
The proceeds were split between Higher Ground and AmeriCares, which is based in Stamford. Higher Ground is trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’s foundation, which is providing direct financial support to musicians who lost everything (instruments, housing, etc.) in last year’s hurricanes.
The Nov. 3 concert was organized by the University of Hartford Honors Council, which represents all honor societies on campus, and it was supported by the President’s Office and a number of campus organizations.
The original idea for the concert came from Amelia Wierzbicki ’06. Marsalis, a New Orleans native, is a friend of Wierzbicki’s family, and Wierzbicki wanted to do something to help him and the many others whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The benefit concert included performances by the Wynton Marsalis Quintet and the Steve Davis Quintet, featuring renowned jazz musicians and Hartt faculty members Steve Davis and Nat Reeves. Other performers included the Dezron Douglas Quartet; vocalist Latanya Farrell; the Matt DesChamplain Trio; a capella musical group L’Shir; Midnight Brass; the University of Hartford Dance Team; and The Hartt School’s Performance 20/20 Woodwind Quintet.
In addition to ticket sales, funds were also raised through a silent auction of dozens of gift certificates and other items donated by local merchants.