The Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas will host a benefit concert for Heifer International tonight at Bear’s Den Pizza, beginning at 7 p.m.

The Livestock musical showcase is in its 12th year. All proceeds go to Heifer International’s Women in Livestock Development program, an initiative empowering women to make positive changes in their community.

WiLD, Heifer International’s Web site says, focuses on countries where women and girls have less control over their family’s income and resources. The program secures women opportunities to attend school, jobs and teaches them methods of gaining independence. 

“This has been a tradition for years. I support Heifer as a charity and the Honors College has been involved with Heifer many times. A lot of our students have internships there and we believe what they are about,” Melinda Wheeler, chair person for the event said.

Wheeler, a junior at UCA, represents one out of 10 elected students representing the Honors College in the Honors Council.

The Council, Wheeler said, could be called the Student Government Organization for the Honors College. The group also allocates funds for events such as Livestock.

The four bands performing at Bear’s Den Pizza are Jeren Makia, Cerro Gordo, Townsend and Oakland. All bands have ties to the Honors College as several of the musicians are students.

“Jeren Makia is in the honors college and his thesis is writing a C.D. and recording it. We love that we can promote him with his project,” Wheeler said.

Oakland, the headlining band will play rock, 50’s covers and dance music. Cerro Gordo will play bluegrass, and Townsend will play singer/songwriter style.

Last year’s Livestock raised $2,000 at Juanita’s Cafe and Bar, according to Wheeler.
A cover of $5 will be charged at the door for entry but larger donations are welcomed.

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