Lucas Paine 05 performed a set of four original songs on acoustic guitar and praised the event for its diversity. Usually when groups collaborate, they all sort of do the same thing but we had Jewish mourning songs, some bands, reggae [and] me folk, Paine said.
St. Olafs Taiko Drumming Ensemble opened with a traditional Japanese festival piece, followed by a Scared Scriptless interlude that appealed to the community members and children in the audience.
Dan Marx 06 performed a longer set of original songs on guitar, and Karibu Association performed an African dance choreographed by St. Olafs Claire Mpagazihe 07 and Grace Munyakazi-Umutoni 06.
Hayley Wender 07 performed a traditional Jewish mourning song with Jew Crew and Paine followed with his acoustic set.
The concert closed with a second appearance by Scared Scriptless, a performance by Dave Mellby 05 and a final song, "Oiuchi," by the Taiko Drumming Ensemble.
Despite the concerts smooth execution, coordinators were disappointed by the poor community turnout.
"We wanted to expand our support network," Lehla Olson 05, co-leader of the concert organization committee along with Gloria MacWilliams-Brooks 06, said. "Weve done so much campaigning on campus, we wanted to target the community. Thats why we held the concert at Northfield Middle School."
However, of the estimated 70-100 attendants, the majority were St. Olaf students.
"We were pleasantly surprised with the St. Olaf student turnout, but surprisingly disappointed by the community involvement," Paine said.
The concert's proceeds, along with $2,000 from tabling and $595 from an Ytterboe fundraising dinner held Feb. 17, have brought the total amount raised to $3,700.
This amount is still $6,300 short of the committees goal, but the Tsunami Relief Committee (TRC) chair and founder Salah Mohamed 07 is confident that TRC will reach their $10,000 goal by the end of the school year.
Mohamed said TRC will continue tabling in front of the cafeteria to raise money.
"We have raised $2,000 already, and we hope that the students who were not here over interim, particularly those returning from Term in Asia, will help increase this amount," Mohamed said.
Mohamed, who is also president of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and development coordinator of the Volunteer Network, founded TRC over interim this year.
"A friend of my housemates told me Salah, since you are involved with many organizations, I think you should do something to help the victims who were affected by the disasters of the Tsunami," Mohamed said.
Mohamed sent e-mails to various organizations proposing the formation of the TRC, and committee members now represent more than 20 St. Olaf organizations.
The committee donates all proceeds to the Tsunami Relief Fund through the International Red Cross.
In addition to TRC's tabling, Mohamed said MSA plans to donate a portion of its Thank-A-Thon money to tsunami relief efforts.
TRC continues to brainstorm fundraising opportunities and encourage students to attend meetings, which are held in Buntrock Commons 146 at 7 p.m. on Monday nights.