Students plan concert to benefit Smile Train
Petoskey High School student council members Carter Cohen (left) and Kelly Ronquist are planning a concert to benefit the Smile Train, a charity that raises money to provide surgeries to people with cleft lips or palates. (Courtesy photo / May 4, 2012)
The benefit concert will take place from 8-10 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in downtown Petoskey.
"As emerging leaders in a community, students must learn to generate ideas, plan and carry out their ideas to fruition," said student council teacher Matt Tamm, who assigns a leadership project to all of his upperclassmen.
The idea of raising funds for Smile Train came when Carter watched a short documentary film called "Smile Pinki." The film won best documentary short at the 2009 Academy Awards.
"The idea that a child with a cleft lip or palate cannot go to school or get a decent career because they can't speak, breathe correctly, and are just plain embarrassed is extremely sad," said Carter.
Once the idea of the charity came about, the question was how to raise funds.
Kelly Ronquist has been a part of the Crooked Tree Dance Department and thought that a concert promoting the arts would be the best way.
"When Carter approached me with his idea, I was thrilled to help out in raising money for a great charity and at the same time put on a concert that involves the arts," Kelly said.
The concert will showcase local students, teachers and other performing artists. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the Crooked Tree Arts Center starting Friday, May 11. All proceeds will go to Smile Train.
For tickets and more information, contact Crooked Tree Arts Center at (231) 347-4337 or www.crookedtree.org.