La Jolla High club takes on education in Uganda with benefit concert
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La Jolla High School’s U-Touch Club is taking on the charitable feeling of the holiday season with vigor as it hosts “U-Benefit Uganda,” a benefit concert to raise funds for the education of orphans in Gulu, Uganda on Nov. 30 at the high school’s Parker Auditorium.

Started by La Jolla’s Plotkin family, U-Touch has helped bring education and technology to the victims of Uganda’s LRA war since 2006. Students at La Jolla High and Muirlands Middle School have worked to provide funding for Ugandan students to have the opportunity to receive an education by bringing technology, training, instruction and free Internet to rural villages in the war-torn country.

The concert will feature Tyler Hilton, a a singer-songwriter and actor who starred in the television show “One Tree Hill.” Hilton also appeared in the award-winning film “Walk the Line” and guest starred in Taylor Swift’s music video for “Teardrops on my Guitar.” Opening for Tyler Hilton will be San Diego native Savannah Philyaw.

Prior to the show, starting at 5 p.m., the auditorium will feature a holiday shopping opportunity, with unique Ugandan merchandise, including handmade jewelry created by Ugandan women to support their children’s education. Also on sale will be “Secrets of War: Told Through The Drawings and Stories of the Young People of Northern Uganda,” a book that takes the reader through Uganda’s war through the eyes of its citizens.

The U-Touch Club will hold a raffle of items donated by local sponsors at the event, and a special meet-and-greet with the musical artists will be held after the concert.

“U-Benefit Uganda” begins with the holiday shopping at 5 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $15 for general admission in advance. Tickets at the door are $15 students/seniors, $20 general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.u-touch.org/tickets, at the La Jolla High School finance office or at the door. Tickets can also be purchased at Mangelsen — Images of Nature Gallery at 7916 Girard Ave.; Cups, located at 7857 Girard Ave.; or at Africa and Beyond, located at 1250 Prospect St.

The La Jolla High School U-Touch Club is a division of the nonprofit U-Touch organization. Following the concert, 100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to the education of the students sponsored by the organization. For more information, visit www.u-touch.org.
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