This Thursday, January 11, DECA will host the Girls Give Back benefit concert, working alongside the CHS Young Feminist Club.

The concert will consist of performances by a capella groups from CHS’ Sophistickeys, CHHS’ Lucky 13  and UNC Chapel Hill’s the Loreleis. There will be two featured performers, Millie McGuire, senior, and Sibel Byrnes, CHS English teacher.

Senior Kirby Thornton, the CHS DECA Chapter President, explained the idea behind the organization of the event.

“I had the interest to join [the Young Feminist Club] and help them market the event because it is a good idea to have all female performers giving back to a female-driven charity,” said Thornton.

To organize the event, Thornton used her four year experience on DECA to market the concert.

“DECA has taught me to be a leader, to learn how to delegate, as well as critical skills in business and event planning. It helps me understand what goes into a marketing plan and how to best advertise the event,” said Thornton.

Thornton elaborated on the importance of using your own interests to benefit others in the community.

“There are so many different ways to give back to a community. While volunteering is helpful, we have the ability, as younger students, to put on programs that are really awesome,” said Thornton.

Minimum entry to the event is currently listed at $5. All proceeds of the event—donated clothing, canned foods and money—are going to the HomeStart Shelter for Women and Children.

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