The East Coalition club held their annual Love Fund concert on Feb. 25 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Country Club Christian Church, and during the concert a student or a group of students caused vandalization in the church. 70 students and community members attended the concert that featured 13 artists from around the East community.
According to the sponsor of the East Coalition club David Muhammad, the vandalism occurred in the church’s upstairs bathroom. There was a toilet paper dispenser that was detached from the wall of the bathroom, along with a large crack in the wall.
“The concert itself was fine, but it kind of just put a damper on things because we are at a church that’s letting us use their space for free,” Muhammed said. “It is a benefit event for a really good cause.”
The Love Concert has been held at Country Club Christian for the past two years and the club was able to use the space because it was donated by the church. According to Muhammad, the church originally wanted $500 to use the space, however that price would not work for the Coalition club because the goal of the concert is to raise money for Syrian refugees.
“We hope that [the church] lets us use that space again,” Muhammed said. “[The Vandalism] just added a sad ending to the night because it was disrespectful.”
According to Muhammad, in the future the club is going to be more careful about where concertgoers go and what they are up to. The goal is to prevent another incident like this from happening again and maintain a good reputation.
“We will still have the concert I just don’t know if we can do it there or if they will let us come back,” Muhammad said.
Leading up to the concert, Coalition led an initiative for the school to collect school supplies to donate to people in need in Syria. The concert itself was a major success according to Muhammad. At the end of the night concertgoers had donated $1145 to send to the Syrian Relief and Development fund.