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Cushing's Gulf Coast Benefit Concert

Over 200 excited Penguins gathered in Cowell Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 7, to attend “Cushing Rocks!”. This much anticipated and inspiring benefit concert was created to raise funds for victims of recent natural disasters in Houston, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean islands. The event was an incredible success and we’re happy to report that “Cushing Rocks!” raised $5,300 ($300 over the goal).

There were 13 acts comprised of students and faculty. The lineup for the night was quite diverse; some performed rock and roll ballads, others gave us a taste of classical music, and there was even a dance act. Mr. Connors’ son Seamus sang a heartwarming rendition of “God Bless America” a cappella. In the penultimate act, our Co-Head of School, Mrs. Peggy Lee, sang for the crowd decked out in blue jeans, dark sunglasses, and a leather jacket.

In addition to those who performed, students were involved in numerous aspects of the concert: Milana Yelgeldina ‘18 created a t-shirt design that was sold to raise funds, Gabby (Atlas) Wexler ‘19 and Jenny Wu ‘19 designed posters, Paul Ingersoll ‘20 worked the lights backstage, and Varsity Girls' Soccer sold treats and snacks for the cause. Numerous other contributions by students and community members helped make this event a big hit and their hard work was much appreciated.

Kudos to all for this incredible community effort!

For more photos, click here.

Donations to this cause will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 12. through our secure, online giving page. Put your donation in the “CAF – Other” box and indicate in the box at the bottom of the page that you’d like your donation to go to the “Gulf Coast Relief Fund.” All proceeds will be sent to relief agencies in the Gulf Coast region.

Please note, that because this is not a gift to Cushing, you will not receive a tax receipt from the Academy.

Questions about donating? Please contact donations@cushing.org.

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Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430
978-827-7000
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Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.

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