The Milford chapter of DECA, an organization that prepares students for entrepreneurial careers, and Milford Senior High School students are hosting the “Concert for Concern” on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Milford High School. Tickets are being pre-sold for the event for $5 at the Milford High School office or can be purchased at the door for $7. The doors open at 2:30pm with the concert beginning at 3:00pm and running until around 10:00 pm.
There are eight bands participating in the event including the bands Fast Nixon, As Alice Sleeps, Stars Not Sirens and Mind Grenade. The lead singer of Fast Nixon, Chris Warren, is a High School student from Milford and has been featured on 93.5 “The Beach” promoting the event. Last summer he helped organize a fundraiser for Kay’s Camp to benefit a children’s cancer camp and has played a large part in bringing the Concert for Concern together. Mike Streck, a Milford High School math teacher, and his band, Petting Hendrix, will also be playing. Other bands include all local kids from Milford and surrounding towns.
The purpose of the event is to raise funds to purchase new sleeping bags for homeless children of Delaware. If they each have a sleeping bag they are then able to have the same bedding no matter where they go. This gives them a constant in their uprooted lives. Event coordinators are asking for only new bags which will be going to children from ages 3-21. There are around 3000 homeless children in DE and around 60 in the Milford district alone (this number includes foster care children so there are approximately 20 without homes).
The DECA state advisor, Frank Ingram a Milfordian and former MHS teacher, came up with the idea of the sleeping bags to raise awareness and funds for the problem of homeless children in Delaware. The Milford chapter of DECA came up with the idea of a rock concert and has received considerable support for the Milford High School students. DECA will be purchasing the sleeping bags but encourage anyone to bring a new bag to the concert. They will also be accepting donations of bottled water, soda and pre-packaged snacks which will be sold at the concert with proceeds going into the sleeping bag fund.
The students have been very busy facilitating mass mailing, press releases, planning, talking with various media and using Facebook to reach individuals in the community. Tickets are being pre-sold for the event for $5 at the Milford High School office or can be purchased at the door for $7.