Benefit concert to raise money to end hunger

Joanna Williams

Several Bowling Green bands will “Rock for the Hungry” on Thursday at a benefit concert organized by three campus groups.

FeelGood, a student organization that runs a grilled cheese stand to raise money to end world hunger, partnered with two honor societies, Golden Key and Phi Eta Sigma, for the concert.

Louisville junior Alex Kimura, president of FeelGood, said she hopes the benefit concert will give FeelGood a bigger name on campus.

“We’ve been doing good at the stands, but we need a signature event to put our name out there,” she said.

Taylor Mill junior Michelle Child, another FeelGood member, said they’ve had a successful semester but are trying to find a new way to reach out to WKU.

“I joined FeelGood because I feel like it’s a new way to help the community,” she said. “This concert is a way to do something fun. It’s a good way to attract people and help the community.”

Child said FeelGood decided to partner with Golden Key Honor Society because both groups already donate to the Hunger Project, which is committed to ending world hunger, according to the non-profit’s website.

“The Hunger Project creates partnerships instead of charities,” Kimura said.

Five bands will perform at the concert including OTIS, Lydsey Kaye & Andrea, the Lost River Cavemen, Eli Kleinsmith, and Jordan Minton, according to a press release.

Child said the organizations have been doing all they can to get the word out about the benefit.

“We’ve spoken to other campus organizations, we created a Facebook page and invited lots of people, and we’ve released a press release,” Child said. “Other than that, it’s been word of mouth.”

The concert will start at 8 p.m. on the bottom floor of the Registry apartments, and tickets are $5 at the door or $3 if purchased in advance at the FeelGood stand, according to the press release.

Louisville senior Andrea Wellkamp, president of Golden Key Honor Society, said they’ve been able to put the concert together cheaply.

“We’ve been lucky,” Childs said. “The bands are doing it for free, and we got a relatively low price at the Registry. The only thing we had to pay for was the fliers, and those were cheap. It’s pretty ideal.”

Welkamp said she hopes the concert will help people realize how big of a problem world hunger is.

“We as college students have a responsibility to give back every chance we get. This benefit concert is hopefully a step in the right direction.”