From The Bay To Kenya

A4 Interact Club holds benefit show for fundraiser

Krystal Lai

Staff Writer

Interact Club held a charity benefit show on December 19,2014 to fundraise for their district-wide international project “Home Sweet Home,” focusing on health and alternative income and livelihood for families in Kenya. They incorporated the theme “Snow Place I’d Rather Be” in correlation with the winter season.

“The title of our show was obviously a play on the song ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit, but we wanted to have more of a winter theme as well,” club president Ananya Nandy (12) said.

Interact partnered up with Free The Children and their Adopt A Village Program, with a goal to raise up to $90,000 dollars. There are 13 districts in total, and each district is responsible for one aspect of the project. This was the first year that Area 4 held their own benefit show.

“We previously held benefit shows, but it was always in conjunction with Area 5,” Nandy said. “Last year, we did our first solo charity dinner and this year is our first solo show. Since our area is the smallest with only 4 schools (American High School, James Logan High School, Newark Memorial High School, and Fremont Christian School), this was an achievement.”

The benefit show lasted from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, consisting of a variety of performances such as dancing and singing. The uplifting atmosphere encouraged the involvement and support of the audience.

“Everyone there was very attentive and positive,” performer Shelby Casey (12) said. “I performed the song ‘Keep It To Yourself’ by Kacey Musgraves. I enjoyed being able to perform in front of people, and I take every opportunity to do so. They seemed to like my performance, so that was good.”

American High School’s b-boys and b-girls performed during the second half of the show.   One of the members, senior Emmy Lacandazon, also thought a good vibe was kept throughout the show.

Seniors Keani Turangan, Sean Acidera, Megan Chinn, and Emmy Lancandazon perform a self-choreographed routine at the Interact Area 4 Benefit Showcase. The crowd reacted well to the team’s innovation. “ The aerials and flips always get a good reaction from the crowd, people in the air just seem enjoyable to everyone,” Lacandazon said.  PC: Jessica Huynh
Seniors Keani Turangan, Sean Acidera, Megan Chinn, and Emmy Lancandazon perform a self-choreographed routine at the Interact Area 4 Benefit Showcase. The crowd reacted well to the team’s innovation. “ The aerials and flips always get a good reaction from the crowd, people in the air just seem enjoyable to everyone,” Lacandazon said. PC: Jessica Huynh

“Everything was well done, and people enjoyed the performances,” Lacandazon said. “It was fun with no dull moments. The Eccentric Elephants were amazing, and their spirit is off the charts!”

While this first year of Area 4’s own benefit show was considered successful, there are definitely areas for improvement as well.

“We didn’t have a real practice run, and the microphones didn’t work at one point,” Nandy said. “Another thing was we didn’t include any commitment in the pre-ordering tickets, and some people pre-ordered but did not show up.”

But in the end, the benefit show successfully raised $1100 to contribute to the project.

“It is a fantastic way to raise money, because people pay to go to the show and all the performances are chosen by audition,” Lacandazon said.

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