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Students join stars for ‘From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Parkland’

Students join stars for ‘From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Parkland’ (WPEC)

It’s been more than two months after the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School, but the healing continues through the power of music and the arts.

Broadway and television stars join Stoneman Douglas High School students on stage for “From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Parkland, USA,” a benefit concert held at the BB&T Center Monday night.

Thousands of students turned out for a night of musical healing.

Survivor Sawyer Garrity performed her song, ‘Shine.’ The Stoneman Douglas junior and her friend wrote it, which pays a powerful tribute to the 17 victims.

“Every single time I sing this song, there’s a different meaning behind it," she said. "I think tonight, it’s going to be look at us, you’re not going to knock us down, because look at how many people we have supporting us."

Students performed new music written in collaboration with New York composers. For actor Matthew Morrison, it’s a dream to work with students behind a powerful movement sweeping our nation – gun control.

“I’m so proud of these kids, leading this charge, I get chills just even talking about it,” he said.

Student activist Alex Wind is a member of the drama club. He's gone from the small stage to the world stage fighting for change. The senior said the concert is not about politics; it’s all about honoring the memory of the 17 lives lost in the tragedy.

“As a community, we’re coming together as a beacon of light in the dark time to show that we can’t let every tragedy bring us down like this, we need to come back up and come back even stronger," he said.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the victims,survivors and Shine MSD, which is to heal the Parkland community through the arts.

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