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Kalai concertgoers give back to Huntsman School

October 10th, 2010 Posted in Arts and Life

Story & Photos by Caresa Alexander

LOGAN—Hundreds of music lovers enjoyed the lawn and summerlike evening on University Hill Monday as Hawaiian musician Kalai entertained in a benefit concert for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

About 1,200 people came to the Business Week event, lounging on the grass of Old Main Hill in perfect September weather.

Senior accounting major Kyle and his wife Lindsey Abplanalp of Logan came to the event to “give back” to and to say thank you to Jon M. Huntsman Sr., who endowed the USU business college with a $25 million gift in 2007.

“I think it is important that all students are aware of ways that they can help out,” he said.  “It is a way for them to give back when the school has done so much for them.

“The school is gaining so much recognition now and they are constantly gaining talented faculty members,” he said. “I think it is good to be involved with this as a way just to give back and to be aware of what you can do with your degree or with your major.”

Friends Vanessa Bertolio of Providence and Darcy DeHart of Millville enjoyed the music of Kalai.

DeHart said her favorite part of the evening was not having to do homework, but she said the event was important to raise awareness of cancer.

“It is one of the things that is going to benefit a lot of people,” DeHart said. “Everyone in the world can probably tell you someone that they know that had cancer or has cancer.”

Bertolio, a marketing major, has herself been touched by cancer. “My grandmother actually passed away from cancer,” she said. “It has a personal tie.”

She said it was great that Kalai was performing for the cause, and said she thinks the concert would raise awareness of cancer.


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