Chill out here for a new school there; concert to benefit Ethiopian children

Enjoy the cool tunes of Motown and help support construction of a school in Tembien, Ethiopia, at a benefit concert planned Friday, Feb. 21.


Michael Belay during recent visit to kindergarten he helped establish. Benefit concert planned Friday, Feb. 21, is aimed at helping to build another school in Belay's native Ethiopia.

Michael Belay visits a kindergarten he helped establish in Ethiopia. A benefit concert planned for Friday, Feb. 21, is aimed at helping to build another school in Belay’s native country.


Enjoy the cool tunes of Motown and help support construction of a school in Tembien, Ethiopia, at a benefit concert planned for Friday, Feb. 21, in Memorial Hall. The Motown tribute band The Magic Notes will be the featured performers at the concert planned by Hands Across the Planet for Poor Youth (H.A.P.P.Y.), a nonprofit founded by Michael Belay, a Chapman University public safety officer.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students. Group rates are $10 each for 10 or more and $5 each for 20 or more. Advance tickets are available at the
H.A.P.P.Y. website
.

Belay came to the United States in 1981 as a political refugee in the wake of the Ethiopian civil war. After rebuilding his own life, he turned
his efforts
to helping the people of his homeland and founded H.A.P.P.Y., which has built a school, dug water wells and shipped medical supplies to the region.

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