Last week the Cabrini Action and Advocacy Coalition (CAAC) held a rock concert entitled, “Real Love Saves: Fight Slavery with Music” in an effort to raise awareness about human trafficking and money for Covenant House. With the help of countless supporters in person and spirit, $450.60 was raised for this amazing charity.
Four local bands donated their time and talent to this event, and Tumulty’s Pub in New Brunswick, NJ graciously donated the use of the space. An enthusiastic crowd was in attendance, bringing the dark pub to life with energy and enthusiasm. Rocking out to the music were Cabrini Mission Corps Director Gina Scarpello and CAAC Coordinator Karol Brewer. CMC missioner Jenay Smith welcomed people at the information and donation table, encouraging people to come in and donate.
Semiotics started off the evening with a fun 30-minute set of alternative rock/emo music. Lyrics such as, “as long as there’s a roof over my head I will be happy,” invoked thoughts about the need for housing for the homeless. They were followed by punk rockers Hurricane Season, who started the set with a song about the difficulties of living with someone addicted to drugs. Living Tradition, an alternative rock band from central Jersey, brought the night to a fever pitch. The concert’s headliner was the female-fronted indie rock band Foxanne. Between bands CMC missioner Melanie spoke about Covenant House’s mission to keep homeless, runaway, and throwaway teens off the streets and safe from predators. Internationally, Covenant House serves 56,000 youth.
It was an amazing night of community coming together with local musicians to raise money for an extremely worthy cause. Partnerships such as this bring the message of social justice to a wider audience, and inspires young people to take action that will lead to change.