Donations from event to support earthquake relief in Haiti, Chile
By Kristen Miller
DASSEL-COKATO AREA The Dassel-Cokato High School Student Council is hoping to make a difference globally by bringing the community together Friday, April 9 with the “Rock the Earth: Quake relief for Haiti and Chile” benefit concert.
Senior student council members Angela Duncan, Evan Babekuhl, and Megan Nyquist were looking for ways they could help following the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. But they didn’t want to have just any type of fundraiser.
“We wanted an event that would benefit the earthquake victims, but we also wanted an event to involve the community,” Babekuhl said.
Typically, the student council focuses its attention on school events and activities that benefit the school, Nyquist explained.
“This gave the student council a good opportunity to get involved with the community more,” she added.
After speaking with Paul Beckermann, high school media specialist, ideas began to flowing, the girls explained.
Beckermann suggested he and communitcations instructor Drew Gilmore’s band, Square One, perform at the concert. He also got Kirk Asplin and Andy Rosenquist of Cowboys In Sneakers to perform an acoustic set. Cowboys In Sneakers will also donate 20 percent of any of the band’s merchandise purchased during the benefit including their new album “A Change of Heart.”
The Dassel-Cokato FFA is also chipping in to help by selling pulled-pork sandwich meals for $5. All of the proceeds will go toward quake relief.
The event is geared toward the whole family, and families outside of the school district are also encouraged to participate in this night of games, food, and live music.
Some of the games will include a bean bag toss, table tennis, shuffle board, and much more.
“I think everyone should be able to find something they like,” Duncan said.
The event begins at 6 p.m. in the east gym and the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.
Music will begin at 7 p.m. Square One will play from 7 to 8 p.m. and again from 9 to 10 p.m. with Asplin and Rosenquist playing from 8 to 9 p.m.
There will also be silent auction items for bidding.
Admission is a donation of at least $5 for adults and $2 for those 18 and under. Any child under 14 must accompanied by an adult.
Wear your ‘Hats for Haiti‘ or ‘Caps for Chile’
The high school will actually begin collecting donations for the earthquake relief fund earlier in the week.
Since the school has a “no hat” policy, students can pay $1 to wear a hat for Haiti or a cap for Chile to school Friday.
Students who paid their $1 prior to the start of school Friday donations will be collected beginning Wednesday will get a sticker to wear in conjunction with their cap or hat.