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Concert raises funds for Haitian relief effort

3/29/2010 —

On Saturday, March 20, more than 100 people attended a free, four-hour concert presented by the group HdCOM and sponsored by Penn State Beaver Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). The concert, which was held in Boscov’s auditorium at the Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca, Pa., was part of the campus’ ongoing "For the Love of Haiti" project which is raising funds to contribute to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for relief efforts for Haitian earthquake victims. Donations collected at the concert totaled $300. Fundraising efforts have been under way since Feb. 1.

"The meaning of HdCOM is His disciples Christian Outreach Ministry, which is the name of our home church," said Beaver campus student Ruthie Santiago, a freshman science major from Hopewell Township. Santiago is the band’s lead singer and acoustic guitar player and performs with her younger brother, Jonah. Other musicians occasionally perform with them as well. HdCOM, which has been in existence for seven years, performs Christian-themed hymns, contemporary rock and hip-hop.

"We tend to minister in churches or at benefit concerts such as this one," Santiago said. 'We’ve been a part of various Christian events, including the National Day of Prayer, as well as events in Argentina, the Philippines and Canada."

Cru is one of 15 campus-sanctioned clubs and organizations. Its aim is to offer students an understanding of Biblical Christianity while providing support, encouragement, and the means to develop a closer relationship with God. Students have the opportunity to meet and reach out to others through their actions, hospitality and events.

To make a donation to "For the Love of Haiti," contact Denise Turyan, staff assistant in the Office of Student Affairs, at dxt24@psu.edu or 724-773-3951. For information about the concert or Cru, contact Rich Sealy, Catholic campus minister, at rms274@psu.edu or 724-773-3839, or contact Santiago at rss5179@psu.edu.

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