Benefit Concert at Westridge School Will Support the Education of Refugee Children

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 | 1:31 AM


An Adopt-A-Future Benefit Concert, Friday, June 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. will take place at the Westridge School’s Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, 324 Madeline Drive (parking is free). The concert is sponsored by the United Nations Association (UNA) – USA Pasadena Chapter. The Adopt-A-Future (AAF) program focuses on providing educational services to the world’s 35 million refugee children.


While progress in housing and feeding refugee children has been made, almost no resources are available to educate them. AAF seeks to address this pressing need by building schools, hiring teachers, and funding basic educational supplies such as textbooks, pencils, and writing tablets.


There is limited access to education in refugee camps, and the average stay is 17 years. One of the chief goals of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development initiative is to provide the human right to quality education for all. The AAF is designed to fulfill that goal by teaching refugee children to read and write, thereby providing the skills needed to flourish and not just survive. This concert will benefit an AAF initiative for two specific refugee camp complexes which are the largest, poorest, and most overcrowded on earth. Presently, there is only 1 desk for 7 children; only 1 book for 7 pupils; only 1 classroom for 160 students.


UNA-Pasadena hopes to raise $30,000 to build a school.


The concert will include performances by adolescent students of the prestigious Coburn School including one performer who is a refugee. The program features music of Bach, Liszt, Chopin, and Brahms. The event will run from 7 pm to 9:30 pm and include the presentation of the John Charles Distinguished Service Award.


Further information and tickets may be found at the UNA-Pasadena’s website:


United Nations Association USA – Pasadena Chapter, 75 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 449-1795 or visit