Phi Sigma Pi Holds 2nd Annual Casey Feldman Benefit Concert

Fraternity brothers Megan Coryell, Leah Coan, Marilyn Wellnitz and Tiara Whaley at the concert

The West Chester University chapter of the national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, held the second annual Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation benefit concert on April 9, 2011. Over $1900 in proceeds were raised for NOYS, the National Organization for Youth Safety, and matched by the Foundation. Funds raised by the Fraternity this year surpassed last year’s proceeds by some $600.

Fraternity brothers Maureen Alle, Becka Cancelosi, and Kelcie Ireson taking tickets at the door

Donating their musical talents  in the ballroom at the Sykes Student Union were Ryan Colestock and the bands, Do Re Mi Fa Soul and The GoAround. Students paid a $5 donation at the door, and received a pink “Casey” bracelet. All attendees were able to purchase raffle tickets for good and services donated by local vendors; bumper magnets that promote pedestrian safety; and t-shirts that read “I brake for pedestrians… brake for me.” A special “Casey” table was in place where students could view collages of photographs of Casey as well as a  photographic slideshow of Casey’s life, prepared by Amber Staska, former Phi Sigma Pi President and one of Casey’s best friends.

Fraternity brothers Marliyn Wellnitz and Karina Nunez.

Casey’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman spoke to the group about Casey and the fact that a distracted driver struck her while she was in a crosswalk on an otherwise normal summer afternoon at the shore. Mr. Feldman took the opportunity to introduce the 3 minute video clip of Casey which appears on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Faces of Distracted website.

Students were interviewed throughout the evening about how their driving habits have changed as the result of their awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.  According to one student, ”When I drive now, that is the only task that I am doing.”  Video footage will be available in a future News and Updates blog article.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers and Casey’s parents will be presenting the proceeds to NOYS at its national meeting and convention in Washington, D.C. on May 11th.

Related Posts and Links:

Photos from the concert

WCU’s Phi Sigma Pi Schedules Second Annual Benefit Concert For April 9, 2011

Amber Staska Discusses Distracted Driving in Seventeen Magazine

West Chester University Honors Fraternity Holds Pedestrian Safety Campaign and Fundraiser for Foundation, to read about last year’s campaign and concert

Casey Feldman Original.mov, “Because of Casey” video produced by Phi Sigma Pi for 2010 benefit concert

Amber Staska Sings at Phi Sigma Benefit concert in Memory of Casey Feldman, video wtih photos

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2 Responses to “Phi Sigma Pi Holds 2nd Annual Casey Feldman Benefit Concert”

  1. The passion of these youth to create change, build awareness, and save lives is inspirational!

  2. […] with National Youth Safety Month and the launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. Phi Sigma Pi raised $1900 in proceeds at the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation concert on April 9, 2…The Foundation matched the proceeds raised by the fraternity. Phi Sigma Pi brothers Phil Knasiak and […]

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