Youths Team Up For Nonprofits

By Beatrice Parrish
Wednesday - July 28, 2010 Share

By Beatrice Parrish, Advertising &Marketing
Rise Up Hawaii

A small group of Hawaii’s youths is proud to introduce you to our Rise Up Hawaii organization!

We are a newly established nonprofit group founded in January, comprised of diverse college students and alumni from around the island. The volunteers of Rise Up emerged with a mission to promote humanitarian activism within communities of Hawaii immediately after the Haiti earthquake crisis.

To counteract the catastrophe, we decided to create Rise Up to aid nonprofit organizations by organizing benefit concerts. We have dedicated our organization to encouraging Hawaii’s awareness and action toward humanitarian issues.

To do this, in the short time since our establishment, Rise Up has accomplished fundraising nearly $2,500 for the American Red Cross’s Haiti and Chile relief program from our first event, “Rise UP for Haiti: A Benefit Concert,” on March 25, 2010. The concert featured performances from more than 30 local Hawaiian artists as well as successfully rallying more than 300 attendees.

Rise Up Hawaii volunteers (from left) Jason Tim, Keith Parrish, Lindsay Nakamura, Kimberly Canepa, Beatrice Parrish , Joel Gaspar and Dana Plotkin (kneeling) backstage at a benefit concert for animal rights

Just recently Rise Up has done it again. On May 30, Rise Up held its second benefit concert to raise awareness against animal cruelty. The event featured local performing artists, such as The Deadbeats, and as we promised, all proceeds were allocated to the Hawaiian Humane Society.

Our next event will be held this December, when we will focus our efforts on Hawaii’s homeless.

Our homeless event is expected to be our greatest so far, so we wholly welcome any contribution out there. We are looking for new sponsors, group partnerships and new members.

If you would like more information or would like to become a part of the Rise Up group, please visit our growing Web site,, and Facebook page: Rise Up Hawaii.

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