AIDS event to feature singing and dancing

Christie Kerner and Christie Kerner

Students can help raise money for a cause by singing and dancing to Broadway numbers from “Jesus Christ Superstar” to “Hair”.

Let the Sun Shine is a group of students who hope to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.

Seniors Laura Winebarger and Ryan Sparks have had personal connections to the disease.

“My uncle died of AIDS,” public relations chair Winebarger said. “I never met him so it’s really personal.”

Sparks also lost a family member to AIDS in his sophomore year of college and has since decided to work on spreading awareness of the problem.

“I think it’s a really big problem that needs help,” Sparks said.

The 2nd annual event will take place tonight at 7 in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on South College Drive. A silent auction featuring Broadway memorabilia, autographed posters and local gift cards will start the night. At 8 p.m. vocally talented students will be featured singing and dancing for a cause they hope will touch those who attend.

“I just want it to be something that affects people,” senior and co-director Cassie Gress said. “I know a lot of people who are personally affected so in turn it has affected me.”

There is no admission fee to the event but attendees are encouraged to make a donation. All proceeds go to Broadway Cares. The national nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-raising organization based in New York City has raised over $175 million for people in the United States with AIDS.

“I want to spread awareness and help them feel a part of something bigger then themselves,” Public Relations Chair Winebarger said.

The group hopes to become an official campus organization for the next school year.

“The goal of the group would be to raise awareness for AIDS,” Sparks said.

Students involved range from musical art majors to environmental policy majors.

“Students can use their talents for a good cause instead of just getting up there and singing,” Gress said.