Stillwater News Press

April 5, 2013

Oklahoma State residence hall jammin’ for leukemia patient

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — An annual benefit concert will celebrate three decades of entertainment and philanthropy on the Oklahoma State University campus.

The 30th Annual Bennett Jam will take place 6 p.m. April 16 outside Bennett Hall. The concert has moved back to its original location after being held on Library Lawn for the past two years.

President of Bennett Hall Government Abby Harrison said the group hopes to bring the event’s popularity back, saying last year wasn’t as successful.

“I think that the weather had a lot to do with it,” she said. “It was kind of rainy and cold and there wasn’t good advertisement for it, so this year we tried to change that.”

While they are still worried about the weather, the group of nine executive members and 10 hall government members are looking at backup plans in case of rain.

This year’s concert will benefit B.W. White, a 3-year-old who has leukemia.

“Earlier this school year, a different residential hall started collecting pop tabs (for B.W.),” she said. “That’s where we first learned about (him).”

A Bennett resident came to the group and said he was in contact with a close family friend. He suggested B.W. be the recipient of the funds raised.

“We said that we would check into it because we wanted to look into other groups as well,” she said. “After looking around, we decided that B.W. would be a good choice.”

Last year’s event raised approximately $1,000, Harrison said.

“This year, I think we will raise more,” she said.

The concert will feature artists Fourth Year Freshmen, the Admirals and Bruce Flea. Also performing will be Grammy-nominated John Fullbright.

T-shirts and tank tops in neon orange and neon teal are being made for purchase at $10 each at the event or prior to Bennett Jam.

Raffle tickets will also be sold for prizes, including movie tickets, gift cards and more.

“We’re still collecting donations,” Harrison said.

She said they are looking for a big-ticket item to give away.

Assistant Residence Director for Bennett Hall Sarah Robinson said Bennett Jam is something everyone looks forward to every year.

“It’s a huge tradition, especially with Oklahoma State residential life,” she said.

Robinson said the group wanted to aim its sights elsewhere this year.

“We’re working on reaching out to the Stillwater community more this year rather than just focusing on students on campus,” she said.

B.W.’s family will be in attendance at the concert.

“Their mom contacted me yesterday and said they are bringing a film crew out so he can see it when he gets older,” Robinson said.

Robinson said the event is completely student operated and many of those working are underclassmen who are looking at it as a leadership opportunity.

Harrison said she hopes many will turn out to donate and enjoy the entertainment.

“I hope that we raise a lot of money for B.W. because I know that cancer treatments are very expensive and I know that he has a lot to go,” she said. “I hope we give people a good concert and they have a good time.”

For more information on purchasing T-shirts, donating items for the raffle or general inquiries, call Robinson at 744-4122.