The Port for Parkland show performed by 17 Port Washington student arts groups has soared past its goal of raising $17,000 — the tally is now more than $30,000, and the hope is to reach $34,000 before distributing the money to charity, the organizers say.
The show was the brainchild of 14-year-old Charlotte Kerpen and took place at the Landmark on Main Street theater on March 14, the one-month anniversary of the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students.
“It went awesome,” Kerpen says. “The best part for me was giving my speech at the beginning. I just said I wanted everyone to leave knowing they could make a difference. Even a girl from a small town like Port Washington could do something.”
The new goal of $34,000 would allow Port for Parkland to give $17,000 to each of its two chosen charities: the Broward Education Foundation to help the victims and their families and Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing gun-related deaths.
The show sold out its 425 seats as well as its Port for Parkland T-shirts, says Charlotte’s mom, Carrie Kerpen. The dancing and singing acts were livestreamed on Facebook, which allowed people to donate during the concert.
“I was just in awe not only of my daughter, but the entire community, how the community rallied to help raise money,” Carrie Kerpen says. Donations are still being accepted at portforparkland.org.