With the recent benefit concert, collection bins across campus, a bake sale and a planned 5K run, the Invisible Children Service Club at St. Mary’s has had a busy year.
“Basically we seek to raise funds and awareness for the crisis in Uganda,” said Lexi Lygoumenos, club president and founder of the St. Mary’s chapter. “This is like the largest humanitarian crisis to have happened for our generation, but most people don’t even know it’s going on.”
The benefit concert, held on a Friday, Nov. 7, was one way to raise awareness.
“We had actually begun planning for the benefit last semester,” said Alyssa Miller, the historian for the club. “Initially, we had wanted to have a Battle of the Bands to raise money, but the event was changed to just a benefit concert.”
Since Lygoumenos, “used to plan shows in high school and book with a local booking agent,” she decided to bring her skills to the club. “I’m a huge concert person,” she said. The nationwide Invisible Children organization also uses music to raise funds. “They have traveling tours…all across the country,” she said.
The concert was cosponsored by the Programs Board and the Invisible Children Service Committee. Nicolleta Babera, the Special Events co-chair for the Programs Board, was the primary member involved.
[Nicolleta] and I basically made this our little pet project,” said Lygoumenos.
For the benefit, “We decided to get all on-campus groups,” said Lygoumenos. The Nightingale A Capella, Half the Battle, Factorial, and Lady in the Street all performed. In addition to the music, there were free t-shirts with a logo designed by one of the club member’s friends. Between performances, clips of the latest videos were shown.
The concert went hand in hand with the screening of the latest Invisible Children movie, which was shown the night before.
“It was kind of an Invisible Children weekend,” said Lygoumenos.
Overall, the event was successful. “With the merchandise sold by representatives from the national organization at both the concert and the movie screening the day before, we raised almost four hundred dollars that went directly to IC. In addition, from donations alone at the concert we raised over one hundred dollars,” said Miller.
Next up is the annual SMCM Service Run, a 5K that will be cosponsored by the Invisible Children service club with the Rotoract Club on campus. Lygoumenos encourages all who are interested to contact her if they want to get involved with the organization. “It is this unknown war,” she said. “It has legitimately been going on for over thirty years. Most of the children have no idea what it’s like to live outside of war.”