What: Benefit Concert to raise money for the Save Darfur Fund
Where: Springfield High School
Who: Rocker Tommy Conwell and comedian and impressionist Joe Conklin
When: Friday, Feb. 1. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the performance will begin at 7 p.m.
- Tickets may be ordered by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cost is $7 in advance or $10 at the door, and proceeds will be donated to www.savedarfur.org.
Springfield High School's global studies course have made the people of Darfur their own special cause. Outraged by the slaughter of black Africans at the hands of Arab militias, the students are acting locally to raise awareness of the violence and raise money for the refugees. "People are being murdered. People are being raped," Courtney Bagwell, a senior in the global studies class, said this week in an interview. "It's horrible to learn about."
To help in their small way, the students will present a concert at their high school featuring rocker Tommy Conwell and comedian and impressionist Joe Conklin.
Conwell and Conklin are friends of Bagwell's mother, Suzanne, and Conwell taught at Enfield Elementary School and Springfield Middle School in the late 1990s. The seniors walking the hallways today were his elementary and middle school students back then, Conwell said Wednesday in an interview.
"I'm so proud of all the kids involved, especially Courtney, since I've known her since she was a very little girl," he said. "I love 'em, and I'm really happy that they're doing something of service."
For the benefit concert, Conwell will sit in with a student rock band, in addition to playing solo.
Courtney Bagwell said she asked Conwell for his participation to appeal to what she called an "older crowd" – meaning people old enough to remember the 1980s. The students on the concert committee assumed that the demographic would have a little money to spend, she said.