Wednesday night’s “Welcome Week” UNITE concert with recording artists Shane & Shane, Bebo Norman, Monk & Neagle and Belmont alumni Mikeschair brought more than 2,000 people to the Curb Event Center for a nearly four-hour performance. The tour stop, designated to benefit Compassion International, raised $3,500 in donations and saw 54 children receive child sponsorships from attendees.
Compassion, a child development organization dedicated to releasing children from poverty, was founded in 1952 and works with 800,000 children in 24 countries. Donations from the concert will be used to purchase mosquito nets as part of Compassion’s Malaria Intervention Fund. Malaria kills one million people per year but is a preventable and treatable disease. The $3,500 raised will provide 350 mosquito nets for use in needed areas around the world. The $32 monthly child sponsorships allow for health care, education and Christian programming for needy children as well as foster cross-cultural relationships via letters between sponsors and children.
The “UNITE: Local Involvement…Global Perspective” event seeks to engage and challenge new and current college students to broaden their perspective on global needs and injustices while creating opportunities for local involvement in the Nashville community.