By Anne Marie Amacher
DAVENPORT — “Concert for a Cause,” a Jan. 26 fundraiser for ServeHAITI put on by a seventh-grader from St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School, raised more than $2,500.
Kellen Myers, a student council member at St. Paul’s, had suggested a fundraiser for ServeHAITI before the devastating earthquake occurred Jan. 12. His teacher, Lynn Leming, was planning a trip with the group in June.
When the earthquake occurred, Myers turned the event into a bigger gathering to raise money for ServeHAITI to help with rebuilding in Haiti. His younger brother, Logan, also helped.
MaryBeth Myers, Kellen and Logan Myers’ mom, said she didn’t have a count as to the number of guests that evening. “People came in and out throughout the evening. It was a packed house all night.”
The concert was held at Mojo’s at River Music Experience in downtown Davenport. The Myers brothers, along with Andrew Landers and Ellis Kell, performed throughout the evening.
The boys said, “Thanks to all of the people who helped make a difference for Haiti. We appreciate the effort and support and we want to continue to strive to help the people to do even more!”
Leming said the $2,685 raised through the concert will go to ServeHAITI, an organization that has a sister relationship with St. Pierre Parish in Grand Bois, Haiti. Several parishes in the Diocese of Davenport are part of ServeHAITI. Leming still plans to travel with ServeHAITI members to teach and help with the rebuilding process.
Money collected Jan. 16-17 after Masses at St. Paul the Apostle Church will go to Catholic Relief Services, Leming said. Money raised from a bake sale held Jan. 23 and 24 will go toward CRS or ServeHAITI.
Between the three fundraisers, about $15,000 has been collected.