The fourth annual Wilbraham & Monson Academy Charity Piano Concert will be held April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Alumni Memorial Chapel.
As usual when Erika Convery '19 is involved, the event comes with a profound purpose. For the second year in a row, all proceeds from the concert will go toward the Be Like Brit Foundation, which is named after a teen from Erika's hometown of Rutland, Massachusetts, who was killed in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti while on a service trip.
The foundation funds Brit's Home, which houses 66 orphans in Grand-Goave, Haiti. The last text Britney Gengel sent to her parents was that she wanted to start an orphanage.
Erika, who is organizing the concert for the second consecutive year, has lined up five WMA pianists. Also, Celina Rivernider '19 will recite an original poem, and Moonsu "Jackson" Kang '20 will sing a Korean song.
There is no entry fee, however, donations will be accepted. Two free prom tickets will be raffled during a break in the concert as well.
Erika on why she chose to donate proceeds to the Be Like Brit Foundation: "I've been working with this charity since sixth grade with various groups. However, it's not a well-known charity because it's locally based in my hometown of Rutland. I want to raise awareness because the cause is important."
Erika on what she hopes to accomplish by hosting the concert: "I'm hoping it will both raise awareness for the charity, as well as give pianists, in particular, an outlet to share their music. At a lot of concerts we don't get to get to share our solos."