Group holds fundraiser for PETA

November 20, 2005|By MARIE GILBERT

As president of Students for Peace and Change, Jaclyne Kartley believes in causes.

"I'm interested in making a difference in a nonviolent but vocal way, even through music," Kartley said.

On Saturday, Earth Jam, an all-day concert featuring area bands, took place at Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Amphitheater.

Sponsored by the newly formed Students for Peace and Change, the concert was held to show support for one of the group's causes - animal rights.

Proceeds from the concert would benefit PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), Kartley said.

"I had been wanting to sponsor an event like this," said Kartley, 19, an HCC student. "I have always been into animal rights and believe in the work PETA does. So I thought a fundraising concert would be a good idea."


Kartley said the concert, which began in the morning and continued throughout the day, would feature five area bands.

"All of the bands are playing for free," Kartley said. "They think it's a good cause and this is their way of showing their support."

Kartley, a Hagerstown resident, said she was hoping for a good turnout.

"I've spent a lot of time hanging up posters and distributing fliers, not only on campus, but throughout town," Kartley said. "This is such a good cause. I hope people come out to enjoy the day."

Karen Evans of Martinsburg, W.Va., liked the idea of a concert supporting PETA.

"My son, Jacob, is a lead guitarist for one of the bands performing today," Evans said. "So I'm here on two levels - to support my son and to support PETA. I have two cats, a dog and a rabbit, so we're a big pet-loving family. I think today's concert is a very good idea."

Amy Walker, 18, of Hagerstown, said she came to listen to the music, but also show her support for animal rights.

"I have two dogs and a cat - all adopted from an animal shelter," she said. "So I love animals. I like the idea behind today's concert."

Kartley said that while Students for Peace and Change is new at HCC, she has a lot of plans for the group's future.

"We've just gotten started, but I would like to attend area rallies, maybe even organize some rallies locally on issues we believe in," Kartley said.

Kartley said it has been difficult getting people to join the group. But she hasn't given up hope.

"Peace and change are very positive things," she said. "How can you say no to that?"

The Herald-Mail Articles