MARLBORO -- More than 5,000 people have died in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit in early November.

Several students from Marlboro College saw the need for aid and assistance. They began brainstorming and came up with the idea to hold a concert to raise money for victims of the typhoon.

"It's a student-run initiative," said freshmen Gabrielle Leidy. "Our goal is to get 100 percent student, faculty and staff participation."

On Dec. 4, there will be a concert and silent auction in Ragle Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The performers will all be from Marlboro College. The night will include classical piano performances, acoustic guitar with vocals and possibly some A cappella.

The silent auction will consist of local art, photography and services. One student is providing his snow shoveling service at the auction.

Other students involved in the initiative will walk around campus requesting individual donations for Red Cross Philippines.

"I had been paying attention to what's been going on through the news," said Leidy. "I was moved by seeing everything that had happened. The fact is that a few weeks after the typhoon hit, many people still didn't have access to medical supplies."

She began putting posters up in the halls of the college and getting other students together for the cause. They held a meeting and discussed the concert.

"It's one of these things that Marlboro College embodies," added Leidy.


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"This amazing sense of community."

With final exams being given during the same week of the concert, some students will find it difficult to come out.

"People are still finding time to donate, which is pretty darn cool," said Leidy. "I think more and more people are realizing what happens in one place will affect another place."

She mentioned that each nation's economy is interconnected with the others in some way.

"All kinds of goods we use in the United States are made in the Philippines," said Leidy. "In a lot of ways, we are directly connected to the people there."

All are invited and encouraged to come. Cash and checks will be accepted for the donation.

Students are also asking members of the community to make donations to Red Cross Philippines or UNICEF if they cannot make it to the concert and silent auction.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.