Elizabethtown, PA. – Mad Cow, Elizabethtown College Dance Team (ECDT), Emotion, Phalanx, Vocalign and Melica all performed together at the 15th annual benefit concert for the AT Children’s Project on Saturday, September 28th, 2019.
The AT Children’s Project is based in Florida. According to the website for the AT Children’s Project, AT (ataxia-telangiectasia) is defined as a “fatal genetic disease that attacks children, causing progressive loss of muscle control, cancer and immune system problems.”
The disease does not yet have a cure; the AT Children’s Project plans to change this through research. They rely on donations from people to make a cure and therapies possible.
In an email interview, Fundraising Coordinator for the AT Children’s Project, Kimberly Beisner discussed the importance of promoting awareness about their mission.
“I believe that people knowing about AT is extremely important,” Beisner said. “The AT Children’s Project is an all-encompassing organization that works incredibly hard to spread awareness about this rare disease,” Beisner said. “The more people who know about it, the more donations we receive, and in turn, this leads to more money raised to fund research aimed towards finding a cure.”
The organizers behind the event were the president of EdOrg, Shannon Kerwin and the other officers of EdOrg. According to Kerwin, this was her and the other officers’ first year hosting the event.
“It’s usually something [AT] that people are unfamiliar with,” Kerwin said when asked what the benefit meant to her, “The parents don’t even notice symptoms in their kids until they’re older. The kids don’t usually live past 20.”
Kerwin also mentioned the deep relationships they established with a few of the families affected by AT. These families were invited to the benefit in the past years. EdOrg was glad to see them in attendance again this year.
This was the first time that junior Mad Cow member, Mercedes Geiger had participated in the benefit as well.
“The most important takeaway I had from this event was that it is good to perform for a good cause,” Geiger said, “Seeing all those people there in support of the event was what the night was all about,”
At the end of the benefit, it was announced that EdOrg raised $750 dollars to donate directly to the AT Children’s Project. In addition to selling tickets, they also sold T-Shirts and raffle tickets.
“It’s very humbling,” Kerwin said regarding the profits of the show, “The club doesn’t get anything. It’s all for the kids.”