Recording "We Are the World" brought some of rock's and pop's best musicians together to raise money for those who are hungry in Africa.
Since then, celebrities and private citizens from across America have joined hands, recorded albums, thrown benefit parties and even slept out on the mall in Washington, D.C., to call attention to the plight of the poor, the homeless and the hungry.The Wasatch Front has its own needy population. Travelers Aid, which operates the homeless shelter, reports that about 2,400 homeless people are in the area at a given time.
Some of Utah's most talented entertainers will stage their own benefit April 6 to raise funds to operate the soup kitchen at St. Vincent De Paul Center, directly across the street from the new homeless shelter.
Rockin' Horse (featuring LynnDee Mueller), the Walter and Hayes Band "Mormon Rap," The Disgusting Brothers and the Saliva Sisters will join forces at the Salt Palace. The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets, which are available through Smith'sTix or St. Vincent De Paul Center, cost $7.50 and $10. Tickets are $5 each for groups of six or more.
The concert was the brainchild of Alberta Green, a woman who has provided volunteer barber services at the St. Vincent De Paul Center. Her husband, Tyler, is a part owner of the Silverado, where Rockin' Horse is the house band, and she wondered if they would be willing to raise some money for the homeless.
According to Tim Giles, from the center, the idea grew out of her suggestion. The other groups were happy to sign on, too.
"I've been thinking I should be doing something to help the homeless," Mueller said. "When this was suggested, it just clicked and we said, `Sure. It's a great idea.' "
Those attending the concert are also invited to bring a can of food with them to the concert. Giles will collect the food items at the door and they will be used to feed the hungry.
St. Vincent De Paul Center, 437 W. Second South, served more than 121,180 hot meals in 1988. Of those, 24,818 were to women and children. Staffing is provided by volunteers from area churches, community groups and private citizens.
Besides feeding the hungry, the center also provides medical care for the homeless at their on-site clinic, operated by Intermountain Health Care and LDS Hospital, with support from Holy Cross, Primary, University and VA hospitals. Limited emergency dental treatment is also available at the center. Nearby Valley Storefront provides mental health counseling.
For more information about the concert, contact St. Vincent De Paul Center, 534-1500.