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BCB Benefit Concert May 20, 2012

inBCBT-shirtsBCB’s Youth Coordinator, Alexander Charnov, together with event co-organizer Alice Lew, arranged a benefit concert for BCB on May 20, 2012 which raised $785! Six students from Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn and two teachers played amazing jazz and popular music for two hours while student volunteers including Ramona Head sold T-shirts and snacks. The musicians were Eliza Callahan, Dominic Coles, Owen McCormick, Moses Rubin, Sean Velez and Chloe Worthington. The teachers who played piano and guitar were Alex Levin and Chad Coe. Art teacher Marcia Hillis and Music Department Head Jon Elliot advised the organizers. The same week, North Country High School student Jade Dandurand in Vermont made a presentation about clean water issues in Africa and raised $70 for BCB which was pooled with the benefit concert money.

Fifteen year old Alexander is a guitar player with a passion for African music who decided to seek volunteer work connected somehow to Africa. He read about BCB on idealist.org and got in touch with Liz Maxwell who welcomed him enthusiastically as a volunteer in 2010. His first effort, which Alice Lew also helped with, involved organizing an exchange of letters between Saint Ann’s School students in the French program and students in the Togo village of Madjamakou. Adam Orme, Julia Thompkins, Sophie Deixel, Nick Stewart, Louise Sullivan and Gussie Roc wrote letters which were delivered by BCB. Nine students and a very thrilled teacher responded.

This year Alexander decided to enlist the considerable talents of his classmates in a fund-raising effort. He and Alice worked on recruiting musicians, researching and reserving a venue, spreading the word about the event and facilitating the concert itself on May 20. BCB board members are really touched by the efforts of all these students and teachers. The money will be put to good use!



Building Community Bridges, Inc.
operates three programs in the
geographic region of West Africa.
Our pilot programs are implemented
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Forty-eight percent of those in Togo do not
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source such as household
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in West Africa bordered by
Ghana to the west, Benin to
the east and Burkina Faso to the
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