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Letter from Pam Singer (Activities Coordinator) at Atrium Senior Living (August 25, 2016)
“Our Residents truly enjoy them [your performances].” – Mr. Marty, Activities Manager @ The Pavilions at Forrestal Assisted Living
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“Thank you for the treat of hearing your talented musicians.” – Mrs. Beatrice Hwong, Music and Worship Commission Chairperson @ Kingston Presbyterian Church
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Courier News & Home News Tribune (June 2014)
Student concert to benefit victims of South Korean tragedy
By Syjil Ashraf Editorial Intern
KINGSTON – A group of 22 New Jersey students is planning a benefit concert to raise money for the students of the South Korean high school that suffered the loss of 250 students in the sinking of the MV Sewol in April.
The Hartley’s Legacy and Friends Benefit Concert will start at 5 p.m. Saturday (June 21) at Kingston Presbyterian Church, 4565 Route 27, and will feature students performing music from a variety of genres, including classical, pop, country and gospel.
The concert is being organized by Hartley’s Legacy, a musical volunteer group consisting of Daniel Kim, a freshman at South Brunswick High School; his sister Joanna Kim, an eighth-grader at Crossroads North Middle School; and Iris Kwak, a freshman at West-Windsor Plainsboro High School North.
The trio plays twice a month for senior residents at Pavilions at Forrestal Care Center, a sub-acute rehabilitation center. They also help out in serving snacks.
“We’re used to playing something professional,” said the 15-year-old Daniel Kim. “We realized how much [the residents] enjoyed it … We found a purpose for why we play music.”
Kwak and the Kim siblings met at All Nations Missions Church in Princeton, and formed Hartley’s Legacy in the October 2013. The name comes from Wallace Hartley, the English violinist and leader of the band on the RMS Titanic which famously continued to play as the ship sank in order to calm passengers at the cost of their own lives.
“We wanted to volunteer in the same spirit of sacrificing our time to share our love of music,” said Daniel Kim, a cellist along with his sister, Joanna, 12. Kwak, 14, plays the piano.
When news of the sinking ferry Donggeocha Island in South Korea reached the group, the trio, all of Korean descent, reached out to relatives in South Korea who helped them to get in contact with Donwan High School in Ansan, South Korea, the school of the students and teachers on the ferry.
Hartley’s Legacy gathered 19 of their friends to join them for the benefit concert, and have been using social media, flyers, and word-of-mouth through their classmates and teachers to gain support.
Proceeds from the concert will go towards counseling and therapy for the student survivors of the tragedy, as well as their affected peers.
“I’m just hoping we can make a difference in the lives of those high school students… Ant to further Hartley’s Legacy a bit,” Daniel Kim said.
Hartley’s Legacy hopes to play more concerts in the future and is also looking to volunteer at another nursing home. More information can be found about the group at www.hartleyslegacy.org.
What: The Hartley’s Legacy and Friends Benefit Concert, to raise money for the students of the South Korean high school that suffered the loss of 250 students in the sinking of the MV Sewol in April.
When: 5 p.m. Saturday, June 21
Where: Kingston Presbyterian Church, 4565 Route 27, Kingston