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LCHS teens ROAR to help animals

LCHS students plan, organize and star in concert with something for everyone.

August 07, 2013|By Sara Cardine
  • Students with La Cañada High School's Club ROAR, which means Reach Out and React, are, Helen Lee, 17, and Mikaela Choi, 17, in front, and Kelly Ha, 17, Adelina Kim, 16, and Justin Park, 17, pictured at the Glendale Humane Society in Glendale on Monday, August 5, 2013. They will hold a benefit concert for the local animal rescue organization.
Students with La Cañada High School's Club… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

Some look to summer as a time to relax and refresh, but a small group of La Cañada High School students have been spending their break organizing and working toward an admirable goal.

They are members of Club ROAR (Reach out and React), a service club devoted to local animal rescue, and their plan is to create, promote and perform in a benefit concert for the Glendale Humane Society this Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge.

The show will feature nine youth musicians playing classical selections mixed with lively, modern favorites, according to 16-year-old Adelina Kim, ROAR's co-president along with Mikaela Choi, 17.

"This summer I wanted to do something big," Adelina said. "I was thinking, 'What could I do?' And a lot of my friends can do music and sing."

Although the club members' passion for volunteer work and fundraising on behalf of animals stems from their involvement in the on-campus club, Saturday's concert is entirely student-led, from conception and music selection through marketing and promotion to rehearsals and opening night.

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Past efforts included a bake sale fundraiser, recycling drive and painting the shelter's front window in a festive holiday theme. This time around, Adelina was looking to make a bigger impact, setting a goal to raise at least $500.

The idea for a concert was hatched in April, right around AP exam crunch time. It wasn't until June that Adelina and fellow ROAR members, like 17-year-old Kelly Ha, got down to the details of arranging talent, settling on the date and location and thinking of ways to advertise the event. Adelina contacted the media, and she and Kelly posted fliers in various spots around La Cañada and La Crescenta.

Both teens are passionate about aiding animals. Although Adelina herself doesn't have any pets, Kelly, who has two dogs, admitted her house is a favorite destination for strays.

"A lot of stray dogs come to my house," Kelly said. "There's usually no collar, so we take them to the shelter. My mom told me (shelters) don't have a lot of money and don't have room, so I wanted to help."

Community-driven support is a lifeline for the Glendale Humane Society, said Executive Director Alyce Russell, the shelter's point person for Club ROAR. Because the no-kill shelter is privately owned, finding funding is a priority.

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