Creativity for Change, an Illinois Wesleyan University student organization dedicated
to raising awareness about global issues through the arts, will host its second annual
Entertain to END7 Benefit Concert on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Center’s
The concert will raise funds for END7, an international organization devoted to ending
the seven Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by the year 2020. NTDs such as elephantiasis,
river blindness, snail fever, trachoma, roundworm, whipworm and hookworm are the most
common diseases of poverty-stricken people globally.
“NTDs affect one in six people in the world, but are actually very easy to prevent,”
said Annie Kehler ’15, president and co-founder of Creativity for Change on Wesleyan’s
campus. “All it takes is a 50-cent packet of medical pills to protect someone for
The benefit concert will feature performances by Illinois Wesleyan students including
and the sketch comedy group Quickies. Nick Castellanos ’15 will serve as master of
Last year’s benefit concert helped raise enough money to protect 1,470 people from
NTDs. Organizers suggest a donation of 50 cents at the event, allowing each person
in attendance the chance to save a life.