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Music Was Made for Houston by Noelli De La Cruz

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Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) Musical Performance Program and Sr. Dorothy Stang Center came together to hold a benefit concert to fundraise money for Hurricane Harvey relief on September 16, 2017.

On August 25, 2017 a catastrophic hurricane hit Texas killing 70 people. Not only was Texas affected by this hurricane, but the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky were affected as well. According to the National Weather Service, Harvey’s tropical storm poured “51.88 inches of rain, passing the 50 inch measured single-storm rainfall record for the continental US”. Consequently, this flooded one-third of Houston, Texas and parts of other states affected by the hurricane.

As reported by Kimberly Amadeo in a news article written in The Balance, a personal finance website, hurricane Harvey damaged 203,000 homes, destroyed 12,700, and left 250,000 people without power. 75 schools were temporarily closed due to flooding. 1,000,000 vehicles were completely destroyed, and 800 wastewater treatment facilities and 13 Superfund sites were flooded. This caused sewage and toxic chemicals to spread to the flooded areas.

“It’s awful that Texas has to go through another damaging hurricane and to think about all the families that lost everything is heartbreaking” said senior Erika Mendoza.

Thus citizens, organizations, and business have stepped up and donated money for Harvey relief. Many have partnered up with Crowdrise, an online fundraising platform for nonprofits. Organizations have sent food and other supplies for kids, seniors, and pets who were affected by the hurricane.

Notre Dame de Namur University did not stay behind. NDNU joined the relief wagon and hosted a benefit concert at the Taube Center on September 16.

“The idea for a benefit concert was proposed by Debra Lambert the Musical Arts Department Chair, and now with a collaboration of the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center, Musical Arts Department, Office of Spirituality, and Art Therapy Departments we have joined forces to put on this benefits concert Saturday night” says an NDNU graduate intern Alec Heiner.

20 people from the Musical Performance faculty, alumni, students, and guest sang around 25 songs. Heiner said they didn’t have a goal in mind of how much they wanted to raise. They just encouraged everyone to donate because every little bit counts.

However, Sr. Dorothy Stang Center was grateful to announce that they raised over $1000. Vanessa Jimenez, senator of the Education and Psychology Department, said that they choose to give the money to the Red Cross and United Way as well because she has worked with them in the past and they were supportive to local communities.

“I’m glad that as a community, NDNU [did] something to help out. We would want the same support if we were in their shoes” said senior Fabiola Malfabon.

The Music performance Program and everyone who helped plan this event are grateful to all who donated. They encourage those who can and couldn’t make it to the concert to donate to the United Way Worldwide and the American Red Cross via https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/stangcenter-pub.

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