YC Benefit Concert for Haiti

by Charity Regennitter - Panther Press

One of the many talented voices of York College returned to campus Wednesday for a musical encore. Caleb Hawley performed a free benefit concert at the Spiritual Life Center in McGehee Hall to a packed house. Hawley, a York College alumnus and Berklee School of Music graduate, is currently on a 13-state singing tour.  

“He is an innovative, eclectic, and talented guitar player, vocalist, and song-writer,” said YC student Mitchell Roush. Caleb has a new album out; his music consists of New-Age, Funk, and others genres. His website, www.calebhawley.com, provides more information as well as samples of his music. 

Even though admission to the concert was free, YC Campus Ministries and Student Association were able to raise more than $500 for the Haitian relief efforts through free-will donations and in selling “Hope For Haiti” shoelaces.


The event was organized by Roush, Hawley, Erich Loper, and Tim Lewis, each individual contributing in his own way. The concert was already planned in December, but when the news of the Haiti earthquakes spread, Loper suggested the concert be turned into a benefit. The cause was helped further with the campaign “In Their Shoes – Hope for Haiti.” Throughout this semester, YC Campus Ministries and SA will continue to sell the shoelaces for $5 a pair with all the profits going to Haiti relief.  These will be worn by athletes, students and others to remind them to pray for Haiti and those who are offering aide.  They hope to sell 500 pairs of laces. 

Why shoelaces? Campus minister Tim Lewis stated, “We want to keep our students thinking about putting themselves in their shoes during this time of crisis.”

Roush added, “Christ shows His power and love globally, not just nationally. This concert was a great way to make ourselves get involved with that ideal.” 

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