Delila Brown, an 8th grader at Flintridge Preparatory School, has organized a concert with singer and songwriter Jacob Whitesides on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the school to benefit Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.
The event will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. in the school auditorium, and includes a “meet and greet” with Whitesides for 200 people who purchase $100 VIP tickets. Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services provides mental health care, substance abuse and suicide prevention services in communities where stigma or poverty limit access. Delila, 14, said Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services offers important services to the community.
“I was thinking about what I should do for my 8th grade community service project. I didn’t want to just put out a collection box like a lot of other people I know, so I came up with the idea of having a benefit concert,” Delila said. “My teacher helped me find some good charities. She knew about Didi Hirsch and what they do with suicide prevention. That sounded good to me, so we did some research to make sure it was a good organization. Then we had to find someone to do the concert.”
Whitesides is a 17-year old Internet phenomenon who has six million-plus views on YouTube, and more than one million followers on Twitter.
“My dad builds stages and has a friend who is a concert promoter. He told me I should find someone who is not too famous, but up and coming, otherwise it would be hard to get the person to come,” Delila added. “I found Jacob Whitesides on YouTube a few years ago and have been following him ever since. My dad’s friend helped me reach out to him through his manager, who happens to be his mom. He wanted to make sure it was a legitimate event and did his own research on Didi Hirsch before he told his manager he wanted to do it. He says he knows a lot of his fans have gone through depression and have been suicidal, and he wants to help them.”
Flintridge Preparatory School is located at 4345 Crown Ave., La Canada Flintridge. General admission is $60. For information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/jacob-whitesides-charity-concert-play-music-save-a-life-tickets-14960341785.
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