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Up With People group does community service, hosts musical performances
Concerts to raise funds for Hall County Habitat for Humanity
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Anna Cutler from Colorado and Eliza Quill of New Hampshire remove growth from the curb at a Habitat for Humanity construction site off of Baker Road in Gainesville on Wednesday - photo by Erin O. Smith

Up With People

What: Up With People concerts to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Hall County

Where: Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University, 500 Washington St SE, Gainesville.

When: 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: www.upwithpeople.org/hallcounty

$20 for adults; $15 for students, seniors and children; and $65 for a family four-pack

Nadia is from Switzerland; Dafne is from Mexico; Max is from Sweden; and Andrew is from Wyoming. While coming from all different corners of the world, these young people are here together in Hall County this week with a common cause: raising enough money to build a home for a local family in need.

They’re part of the multinational cast of Up with People, which will be playing shows Friday and Saturday at Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Hall County’s efforts. And, in the meantime, they’re pitching in to assist with local service projects and spend time with local host families.

As he helped fellow Up with People colleagues work on a trail for the Habitat Subdivision off Baker Road in Gainesville on Wednesday, Andrew Erusha said being in Gainesville this week “is about pouring as much as we possibly can into this community.”

He said the shows this weekend — at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday — “aim to use music as an international language.”

Added Erusha: “If we sell out on all three of these shows, then Habitat for Humanity will be able to build a house for a family from the ground up.”

Known for high-energy, upbeat entertainment, the current cast of 100 participants representing 20 countries are a part of Up with People’s 50th anniversary tour.

Over the past five decades, Up with People has performed for millions, including four Super Bowl halftime shows.

Executive Producer Eric Lentz said the show is “an ongoing journey and is as relevant in 2015 as it was in 1965.”

He said the Friday and Saturday shows will feature “historical highlights from throughout Up with People’s existence, including pop medleys from the last five decades and a medley of iconic international dances.”

Having toured in more than 60 countries, the global educational group’s mission is to “bridge cultural barriers and create global understanding through service and music.”

Their service to the community this week has included workshops with high school students and cleaning and organizing the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Browns Bridge.

Nadia Frei, who worked with Erusha at the subdivision off Baker Road on Wednesday, said assisting the nonprofit organization in raising money is very much a worthy cause. “It’s a good program,” she said. “We’re glad to be able to help.”

To purchase tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows, which all benefit Habitat for Humanity of Hall County, visit www.upwithpeople.org/hallcounty.Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for students, seniors and children; and $65 for a family four-pack.

The concerts will be held at Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University, 500 Washington St SE, Gainesville.

 

Up With People

What: Up With People concerts to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Hall County

Where: Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University, 500 Washington St SE, Gainesville.

When: 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: www.upwithpeople.org/hallcounty

$20 for adults; $15 for students, seniors and children; and $65 for a family four-pack

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