Tri-M Holds Annual Benefit Concert

The annual concert put on by Tri-M raised funds for Safe Home.


Dani Rotert

Tri-M president senior Sarah White signs a check of $655 for Safe Home after the benefit concert Nov. 13.

Dani Rotert, Co-Photo Editor

The fourth annual benefit recital hosted Nov. 13 by Tri-M Music Honor Society raised $655 for Safe Home, a woman’s shelter, beating last year’s donation total.

“We made more money than last year which I was nervous about at first, but I’m just really happy that we got to donate everything to Safe Home,” Tri-M President senior Sarah White said. “A lot of people were there to come and support us.”

Singers, pianists, guitarists and other musically talented students came together to put the benefit concert together. Tri-M members were not the only ones invited to perform, but also soon to be inducted students and other interested students. Each performer paid $5 to perform in the concert which was added to the donations for Safe Home.

“It was a great experience. I loved singing knowing it was for a good cause,” junior singer Maya Bair said. “I am always a little nervous performing a crowd, but raising money made it all worth it.”

White volunteered at Safe Home for her senior service project and put together the fundraiser. While the concert was free to attend, water bottles, bags and stickers with the fine arts emblem were sold along with snacks. The items donated by the Fine Arts Booster Club to be sold to raise money for Safe Home.

“The Fine Arts Booster Club donated money for us to buy supplies that we could sell and donate the profit to Safe Home,” White said.

Senior Mary Anne Duff tunes her guitar before performing her original song “Customer Service” for the Safe Home benefit concert Nov. 13.

Safe Home is a domestic abuse shelter in the Kansas City, Kansas area. They provide shelter for those who are victims of domestic abuse and the victims’ children. They provide counseling, any supplies they may need and a place to sleep.

“I volunteer at Safe Home every Wednesday with one other member from Tri-M,” White said. “We play and socialize with the children of the victims.”

Following the concert and a small reception with goods to buy, new members of the national society were inducted in a small ceremony. The inductees, junior Ceresa Munjak-Kohury, sophomores Ana Colliton and Grace Steyer, held candles while members chanted beside them.

“It is really cool to be in an honors society, especially music. I am very passionate about it,”  Steyer said. “I loved doing the concert because I was able to perform for a good cause.”