The Mission Student Association (MSA) concert raised $300 for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on Friday. This was a $50 increase from last year’s benefit concert.
The IRC is a local group that offers rehabilitation programs for refugees. Erika Teilmann, senior management and marketing major from Sugarland, was involved in the planning of the concert and said she was excited to see the turnout at the concert this year.
“Everyone has been really supportive,” Teilmann said. “We’ve had a lot of help from students and since we’ve already have hosted it once it’s fairly easy to orchestrate again.”
The concert featured performers such as Nick Gonzales, Annalise Chaves, Homeward Bound and Kolby Hart with each performing original songs and covers of popular songs.
Chaves met Teilmann when they performed in a worship team together in Houston, leading Teilmann asked Chaves to be one of the performers.
“It was great, I loved that I got to do this for a cause,” said Chaves.
In order to attend, a $5 charge was paid at the door. Once inside, attendees were able to listen to the live music, eat fresh cookies and sip on Monk’s coffee. Around 60 people attended the show
There was a $5 donation at the door but once inside people were greeted by sounds of music as well as free cookies and Monk’s coffee.
Teilmann said the benefit concert is a good representation a way to participate in an Abilene mission as a student.
“It’s a great way to get involved in the community and help an organization that we truly care about,” Teilmann said.