WSU Students Organize Benefit Concert to Help Rwandan Orphanage and Educational Center

OGDEN, Utah – Students from a variety of clubs and organizations at Weber State University are sponsoring a benefit concert and silent auction on March 28 to raise money for an orphanage/educational center in Rwanda.

Concert organizers hope to raise $12,000 to help fund construction of a freshwater well for the orphanage/educational center near Kigali, Rwanda. The center has been established to help educate and assist victims of Rwanda’s genocide.

Potable water is scarce in Rwanda, requiring people of all social classes, especially children, to walk great distances to fetch clean water.

The event will be held in the Austad Auditorium of the Val A. Browning Center on WSU’s Ogden campus. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m., with the concert set to start at 7:30 p.m. Local artists T Minus 5, Alex Boyé and Jared Allen are scheduled to perform, providing a special evening of music, song and dance.

Tickets are available for $8 and may be purchased in advance through Peery’s Egyptian Theater at or by calling the box office at (801) 395-3227, Mon.-Fri. between 2-6 p.m.

Weber State University chapters of Amnesty International, College Democrats and Students in Free Enterprise, along with the geography, anthropology, botany, sociology and Français clubs are organizing the not-for-profit event under the direction of assistant professor Julie Rich.
For more information, please call (801) 626-6209 or email Rich at

Association Refuge is a non-political, non-profit organization that works to help reintegrate war orphans, widows and survivors of disease into society by providing access to educational opportunities.  In addition to establishing educational centers, Association Refuge also works to provide financial assistance to abandoned children living on the street or poor children living in a family setting.

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Julie Rich, assistant geography professor

(801) 626-6209 ·
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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