MARQUETTE – Marquette is one of 60 cities across the globe that will host a "One World Beat" concert to raise money for children afflicted with AIDS. The local fundraiser is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Upfront and Company.
The Flat Broke Blues Band, along with Nick and Chris, will provide the musical entertainment. The evening will also include free appetizers, a cash bar, and raffle prizes donated by area businesses.
Northern Michigan University president Les Wong will open the event. Louise Bourgault, an NMU professor who has done research in Africa related to the AIDS crisis, will also speak. Two of Bourgault's students took the lead in coordinating the event.
“We decided to put this concert together to fulfill some credits for school,” said Melanee Ferrier, an NMU senior from Marquette, who worked with Diana Shannon, a senior from Baraga. “What makes it stand out from the other concerts is that ours is the only one that’s sponsored by a university.”
The communication and performance studies department, and the College of Arts and Sciences, are sponsoring the "One World Beat" concert. Admission is $5, with 100 percent of all proceeds going to the “Give a Child a Chance” program.For more information, contact Ferrier at 228-9328.