A Better Day With Kids Helping Kids

TIANA GONG

News Editor

On January 11, San Marcos High School’s very own student run, nonprofit organization, Kids Helping Kids, hosted their benefit concert at the Granada Theatre. This year’s theme was “A Better Day.” The headlining artist was  Andy Grammer, and opening was Tim Lopez from the band, Plain White T’s.

The concert opened up at 7:00 pm with the Master of Ceremonies of the night, Jack Haley. Winners of Royals Got Talent, junior Oliver Piltch and senior Travis Smelly, kicked off the night with a mash up of “Fix You” and “No Woman No Cry.” They were followed by Tim Lopez and his band, who performed his latest radio hit, “The Giving Tree.” Tim’s melodic voice mixed with the harmonies of his band captivated the audience and had them swaying in their seats to the beat of the sound.

During intermission, attendees congregated in the Founder’s room to bid on silent auction items. Silent auction items included a basketball signed by Michael Jordan, a paddle board, island trip to St. Lucia Island, Lasik eye surgery, and a ukulele with lessons. People also purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win a blue 2008 Mini Cooper.

Following intermission was the exciting live auction. Kids Helping Kids put together great packages that guests were eager to bid on. After the live auction, Brad Corrigan invited the Kids Helping Kids members who traveled to Nicaragua on stage and he sang a poem written by Cole Kurth, Director of Advancement, about their experiences in Nicaragua.

After the live auction, Andy Grammer amazed the audience with an energy filled and pumped up performance. He sang his hits, “Fine By Me,” “Keep Your Head Up,” and “Crazy Beautiful.” By the end of the night, most of the audience was on their feet dancing and singing along with Andy. The end of his performance was met with a standing ovation, and he returned to sing “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol.

With a fundraising goal of $250,000, they broke it with a whopping $293,000. This year’s Kids Helping Kids benefit concert was an absolute success and hopefully we will continue to see this organization accomplish great things in the years to come.

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