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ISSUE 119 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 9/30/2005

Concert benefits Katrina victims

By Reed Favero
Contributing Writer

Friday, September 30, 2005

The Pause hosted a benefit concert, "Pause for Hope," on Friday, Sept. 25 to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. St. Olaf alumna Kate Sedgwick '04 arranged the fundraiser.

"I knew there were a bunch of concerts going on up in the cities, and I had ties to a few local artists from the metro area," Sedgwick said. "The Pause and first-year student Nicole Marvin took it from there and did a really great job."

Northfield native Sasha opened to a crowd of over 100 students. She accompanied her jazzy vocals on piano and sang with alluring intensity.

Johnny "Hot Tub" Charon, lead singer of the Minneapolis-based band Clovis, followed in a solo act with comical tunes. The audience clapped along to Charon's rendition of National American University's theme song, "One Day, One Night." Even though Charon was sick, he still got the crowd going.

"Both Sasha and Johnny were battling wicked colds but managed to turn out some pretty great performances," Sedgwick said.

Lucas Paine '06 was scheduled to perform but was replaced by The Unmundane. A high-energy campus band headed by Charlie Wolff '07, The Unmundane rocked the crowd with its original sound and lyrics.

The performance and efforts earlier in the week raised $500. The money was presented at the end of the night to Maj. Jim Kurl of the American Red Cross.

Sedgwick was pleased with the concert's outcome. "The money that was generously given will go directly to someone that needs it," Sedgwick said. "Compared to the million dollar donations that many celebrities and large corporations are giving, $500 may not seem like a lot, but to people that have lost everything, it just might get them through another day."

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