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Concert raises more than $1,300 for Catholic mission

LINCOLN (SNR) - Students from Pius X High School in Lincoln gathered to showcase musical talents and to support missionary efforts in the Philippines.

Sponsored by Pius X’s Club World Aid student organization and the Pius X vocal music department, the annual benefit concert was held in the school’s Learning and Performing Arts Center Jan. 26.

“This is a special concert for a number of reasons,” said Ms. Amy Roberts, Club World Aid faculty sponsor and Pius X Spanish teacher. “Each year, our students and adult volunteers donate their time and talent to help Club World Air raise money for a cause dear to our hearts. They are allowing us to be Christ to the world.”

Club World Aid sponsors the concert each year to raise funds and awareness of missionary needs around the globe. This year, the concert will benefit Mano Amiga, a Catholic missionary group in the Philippines. Two Pius X graduates, Kelsey Reese ’14 and Kara O’Donnell ’14, are currently living in the Philippines, volunteering with Mano Amiga, and spreading the love of Christ.  More than 200 guests attended the concert raising more than $1,300 to support Kelsey and Kara’s efforts.  

The concert featured 26 performances, including instrumental pieces, vocal solos, duets, small groups, and full bands. More than 50 Pius X students took the stage, with a number of students performing their own original pieces.

“The students choose their own music to perform, which really showcases their personalities,” added Roberts. “To say I was impressed would be a gross understatement. My heart was about to burst watching our students. Their talent, dedication to a greater cause, and bravery are to be admired.” 

Noah Gose served as the emcee for the evening, in addition to performing a duet with Chloe Pinkman and providing accompaniment for two other performances.

“The benefit concert is a fun and exciting way for Club World Aid to raise money for a wonderful cause,” said Noah. “It’s also a great way for all students to show their support of Club World Aid, bring people together to reach a goal, and help those in need around the world.”

As the central Catholic high school in Lincoln, Pius X’s mission is to enrich the mind, heart and soul of each student through a Christ-centered, Catholic environment that provides academic excellence and preparation to achieve a meaningful, faith-filled life. Now in its 59th year and serving more than 1,165 students in grades 9-12, Pius X is guided by Pope St. Pius X’s motto, “Restore all things in Christ.” This year, Pius X earned recognition by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a 2014 School of Excellence, ranking it amongst the top five percent of Catholic high schools in the country.

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