Haiti Earthquake Prompts Shawn McDonald Benefit Concert

By , April 14, 2010

Shocked by the complexity and immensity of the Haiti’s need, students from Lee University are aiming to combat the devastation by sponsoring a benefit concert to raise both money and awareness of the ongoing need.  On April 24, Upsilon Xi of Lee University and Operation Compassion are teaming up to host nationally recognized singer and songwriter Shawn McDonald in concert at Lee.  The goal is to raise more than $10,000.

McDonald has toured coast to coast, collaborating in songwriting with various artists including Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman, Marc Byrd, and Christopher Stevens, said spokesperson Jonathan Landis for Upsilon Xi. “He’s known for lending his fluid, breathy rasp to intoxicatingly passionate spiritual anthems.  His songs feature incredibly syncopated, stop-on-a-dime acoustic groove.”

But, “beyond enjoying McDonald’s musical talent on April 24 is an even greater opportunity,” said Landis. Operation Compassion, which was ranked in the Top 3 most efficient philanthropic organizations in the nation by Forbes Magazine, will be receiving every dollar from the Help for Haiti Concert. “For every dollar in proceeds and donations, Operation Compassion is able to provide $88 dollars in wholesale goods to desperate Haitian families,” said Landis. “Put into a mathematical perspective—with a packed house—the Help for Haiti Benefit Concert is poised to facilitate the delivery of over $800,000 in wholesale goods to this destitute nation.

The Help for Haiti Benefit Concert will be held in Cleveland, TN at the Lee University Conn Center, April 24, 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

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