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Mercy Benefit 2019

Sara shared the microphone for an unforgettable set that had the crowd singing along too.   thumbnail120751
Sara shared the microphone for an unforgettable set that had the crowd singing along too.
Summer played guitar while Matthew backed her up on the drums for two songs on the South Cafeteria stage.  thumbnail120752
Summer played guitar while Matthew backed her up on the drums for two songs on the South Cafeteria stage.
The concert had an amazing turn out of parents, students, teachers and Board of Education members who continue to support this amazing charitable event.  thumbnail120753
The concert had an amazing turn out of parents, students, teachers and Board of Education members who continue to support this amazing charitable event.
Even Whitman Principal John Murphy took the stage for a cover of “Wagon Wheel” with Orchestra teacher Frank Yolango on bass, Band Director Matt Hoffman on guitar, English teacher Vito Monti on the drums and students Jaycee Cardoso on violin and Kate Jenkins on vocals.   thumbnail120755
Even Whitman Principal John Murphy took the stage for a cover of “Wagon Wheel” with Orchestra teacher Frank Yolango on bass, Band Director Matt Hoffman on guitar, English teacher Vito Monti on the drums and students Jaycee Cardoso on violin and Kate Jenkins on vocals.

The 22nd Annual Mercy Benefit Charity Concert was held earlier this June at Walt Whitman High School’s South Cafeteria. With hundreds in attendance, the room was filled with energy as over 10 bands performed a variety of genres from jazz to punk and rock to acoustic. The evening really showcased the creative talent and originally of those students and teachers who took to the stage. The Collective, one of Whitman’s newest clubs, was also in attendance promoting their new album and getting the word out about their music engineering and recording studio. The event is coordinated by Walt Whitman English and Creative Writing teacher, Joseph Pipolo, along with the XanadaLit Mag crew, who were all excited for this year’s line-up.

“It is a cool night of creation as activism. We call it creativism…based on the fundamental belief that creation is a very real response to things that seem way out of our control,” said Mr. Pipolo. “Our Walt Whitman and Stimson musicians join for a night to create awareness and raise some dollars for Project HOPE.

Project HOPE is an organization formed by the youth of St. Hugh of Lincoln Parish in response to the hungry, homeless and unemployed in and around Huntington. Through the operation of a mobile soup kitchen, food drives, clothing collections, and meals served on a bi-monthly basis; they strive to minister to those in need in our community.

Mr. Pipolo is grateful for everyone who makes this event possible year after year. He added, “It is important for the students to know that the energy of the night and all the money is going to do something remarkable. Something essential. Someone is going to be a little better off because of everyone in the room that night. All the musicians, the ticket and event shirt purchasers, the xanadulitmag.com staff who coordinated the event…everyone. Someone is going to directly benefit from the Whitman students dancing and singing and strumming. That is a beautiful human lesson.”

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