The Elmhurst School of Rock, a youth band with musicians from preschool to high school, channeled the soul singers and musicians of the 1970's to perform a rousing rendition of the Motown classic "I Will Survive". The crowd, a mix of families and young people from various Chicago suburbs, sang along to the chorus that could not be more relevant to the event. These kids were rocking for kids in West Africa and claiming survival for the tens of thousands of Ebola-affected children enduring the epidemic.
The show, which raised more than $11,000 for UNICEF's Ebola relief efforts, was produced by Anisha Advani and the non-profit organization she founded called Musicians for Charities. Its purpose is to "improve the lives of children and other individuals in need through music, and in the process, give musicians exposure and the ability to give back to their communities." Anisha is a 14-year-old student at Hinsdale Central High School and a talented musician—a pianist, guitarist, and flutist. She came up with the idea for the event, "Kids Rockin' for Kids, and pitched it to the Hinsdale School of Rock director Patrick McKenna.
“She came in here and gave me a really awesome pitch. She had supplementary materials—it was very thoughtful, professional,” recalls McKenna. “I was really impressed.”
The event was a huge success, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is grateful for Anisha and her family's initiative that made this possible. Stay tuned for the next Kids Rockin' for Kids coming in summer of 2015!
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