Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

House of Hope benefit concert coming to West Chester East High School


WEST CHESTER—Friday, March 31 marks the 13th annual House of Hope Concert at West Chester East High School at 7 p.m. The student body will showcase their musical talents to raise money for Home of the Sparrow, a local nonprofit that partners with single women and their children facing homelessne­ss.

House of Hope’s student-led planning committee meets weekly to organize tasks, which include designing poster designs, advertisin­g to the public, hosting the auditions, and more. The concert itself showcases a variety of student musical acts, including singing, instrument­al, and even dancing abilities. This year has everything, from ballads to bops and classical instrument­s to internatio­nal dance numbers.

Every year the West Chester Area School District superinten­dent provides opening remarks to kick off the concert, reminding the audience of the district’s continuing support and patronage of the arts. Following comical remarks from the emcees, our talented student body begin their acts. A Home of the Sparrow representa­tive later addresses the audience, sharing real stories from women the concert has been able to help. The audience members are encouraged during the famed Miracle Minute to take out any loose change or bills they have to donate to one of the many basket runners, as the music heats up and the time counts down.

Last year, the 12th annual concert was able to raise more than $7,300 for Home of the Sparrow through ticket sales and donations, the most yet. “We hope to raise even more this year, said Jacob Samuel, Daniel Cheng, and Saanvi Bhatia, House of Hope Planning Committee student chairs

Home of the Sparrow utilizes these donations to provide housing support, access to educationa­l opportunit­ies and improved employment, financial literacy, and life-skills training. Through initiative­s like the Graduate Program, Supportive Housing, PreSenior Bridge, WRAP, and Emergency Solutions, they provide access to local resources, counseling and parenting support, and affordable housing solutions and companions­hips.

Tickets available at www.wcasd.net for $8 online or $10 at the door (or get exclusive VIP seats for $15) or you can donate by texting “HOPE” to (833) 275-1661.

 ?? SUBMITTED PHOTO ?? The 13th annual House of Hope Concert will take place at West Chester East High School at 7p.m.
SUBMITTED PHOTO The 13th annual House of Hope Concert will take place at West Chester East High School at 7p.m.

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