Catholic Musicians Unite to Fight Poverty

Artists from OCP, OCP, RCL Benziger and the Diocese of Cleveland work together to raise money for the needy.
by Susan Bailey | Source:

PORTLAND, OR (DECEMBER 5, 2008) - Aiming to connect with the thousands in Cleveland for the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry, the best in contemporary Catholic music gathered for “Rock Out Poverty,” a charity concert event on Friday, Dec. 5. Award-winning artists like Steve Angrisano, ValLimar Jansen and Matt Maher came together to raise money and battle poverty at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“Times are tough and getting tougher, and individuals and families are feeling that pinch,” said Sarah Hart, one of the popular artists scheduled to perform at the event. “Jesus said the greatest commandment after loving God was to love our neighbor. This is a wonderful opportunity to let those neighbors who need a hand know that they are not alone and that they are loved.”

Other top artists who took the stage were Josh Blakesley, Tom Booth, Santiago Fernández, Curtis Stephan, Jesse Manibusan and Who Do You Say I Am. Proceeds are going to the Catholic Charities Health and Human Services of Cleveland. The event was sponsored by OCP, RCL Benziger and the Diocese of Cleveland’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Catholic Youth Organization office.

“I’m thankful to even be part of such an honorable event among so many great artists,” said Blakesley. “It’s the least I could do for such a deserving cause and I hope I can help make a difference.”

Tickets for the evening included admission to the concert, a tour of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and refreshments.

See a slide show of the concert and read more about it at


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