Elwood-John H. Glenn High School recently hosted a benefit concert in memory of Sean Urda, a student who passed away earlier this year. Students and staff members participated as performers and volunteers at the event, paying homage to their friend while honoring his life through music.
Student Tom Priest spearheaded the concert with the help of Director of Bands Vickie Henson. Students, faculty members and coaches sold T-shirts and tickets, with proceeds benefitting the Sean Urda Memorial Soccer Scholarship Fund.
Sean’s parents, Gary and Nicole, were among the audience members who came out to hear the meaningful tribute. “The outpouring of love and support for our family is beyond words,” Mr. Urda said. “This community has gone above and beyond, and we are very grateful.”
Group ensembles in the spotlight were Knightjazz, the Airport Wheelchair band, made up of faculty members, and Acappelwood. Students Kelsey Hackett and Kerri Donnellan performed as a duo, and Matt Henningsen and Nick Bouzas shared individual numbers. Two songs presented by Priest, Andrew Katz and Justin Starr concluded the show, at which time audience members turned on LED candles and illuminated the room.