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6th-graders organize benefit concert for Phil's Friends
Sixth-graders Leah Van Hal and Sydney Stanger have been posting fliers all over the community, inviting people to attend a special benefit concert Sunday.
The event features Philmont, a Christian pop/rock band, performing at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Davenport.
Proceeds from the concert will go to Phil’s Friends, a nonprofit organization based in Roselle, Ill., that provides “Christ-centered support and hope” to people affected by cancer.
Every class at Trinity Lutheran School chooses a project, called a World Changer Project, to serve others locally, regionally, nationally or in another part of the world. The sixth-graders chose Phil’s Friends.
The two girls from the class understand what it’s like to have a loved one who’s dealing with cancer.
“My grandma’s a breast cancer survivor, and it was really hard for us going through that,” Sydney said.
Leah’s uncle was diagnosed with cancer in August. “When you hear about someone with cancer, you really want to help them,” Leah said.
Teacher Nick Utech guided the class through the project.
At the beginning of the school year, each class from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at the school is asked to take on a World Changers Project. Projects may involve activities such as visiting a nursing home on a regular basis or collecting clothing for the homeless.
The eighth-grade class created a video clip to raise money for an organization dedicated to stamping out malaria in Africa through bed nets.
The sixth-graders sent cards to cancer patients earlier this year. The class also hopes to visit Phil’s Friends and view the work that goes on there.
Students will take tickets, usher and assist at Sunday’s concert. Utech said follows the group on Facebook and messaged them about performing in Davenport. Thrivent Financial provided $750 to pay for the band’s expenses and other costs of putting on the concert.
Trinity’s Principal Bill Meyer knows firsthand about the support provided by Phil’s Friends.
“My father-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer. Phil’s friends visited him, brought little care packages. They had prayer time with him,” he said.
If you go
What: Philmont benefit concert
When: Sunday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m.
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 1122 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport
Admission: $10 at the door.
Why: Proceeds go to Phil’s Friends, a faith-based charity that provides support and comfort to those who are fighting cancer. The band will hold a meet and greet after the concert, and CDs and other merchandise will be available.
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