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Baylor band to hold Haiti benefit concert, auction

Jan. 28, 2010

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After Midnight, a local band of four Baylor faculty and staff members, will hold a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Lake Shore Baptist Church. Members include (from left) history professor Barry Hankins, associate professor of journalism Robert Darden, economics department chair Steve Gardner and academic consultant Lance Grigsby.

By Sara Tirrito
Staff Writer

After Midnight, a local band composed of four Baylor faculty and staff members, will be hosting a benefit, "Hope for Haiti," Friday at Lake Shore Baptist Church. The benefit will last from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The band's members include Baylor associate professor of journalism Robert Darden, professor of history and church-state studies Barry Hankins, professor and chair of economics Steve Gardner, and academic consultant Lance Grigsby. The band hopes the benefit will not only raise money, but also keep awareness of Haiti's plight on the minds of the public.

"We would love to make as much money as possible. The need will go on for decades; there's no way you can get too much money," Darden said. "Secondly, for the same reason, I would like to keep this issue in front of the public. To be frank, this is still happening-- people are still dying there. Even if you don't come to our event, I hope you'll remember that this is happening and that you'll be supportive somewhere a month from now, a year from now."

All proceeds from the benefit will be distributed to World Hunger Relief, Habitat for Humanity and Doctors Without Borders in order to help with post-earthquake efforts in Haiti.

"Any money raised will go immediately to those groups," Hankins said. "We just wanted to try and identify three local organizations that also have a presence in Haiti."

There is no ticket cost, but a minimum $5 donation is recommended. Donors will have the option to choose which organization will receive their money.

"There's this unbelievable need in Haiti right now. Even though the needs will go on for years, there's a moment right now where it's at the front of everybody's mind so we'd like to respond and kind of do what we can right now," Gardner said. "There's a possibility we'll want to do this again farther down the road. It's going to take years to rebuild Haiti after what they've gone through."

The band will also have a silent auction to raise money for the three organizations.

"Obviously money is good in a time like this, and we're really trying to do the best we can on short notice through things like the silent auction and whatnot to raise money for the various groups," Grigsby said. "We may not make a lot of money but hopefully anything we get will be some help to somebody."

The silent auction will include a range of donated items from signed books, homemade jewelry and hour massages, to chances to sing with the band.

"Don't forget to overbid on a massage -- you know your wife wants it," Darden said. "And you know you've always wanted to sing backup on Free Bird -- you know you have. This is your chance. Don't try to deny it. And if you want to play cow bell, have I got a cow bell for you."