A concert for the community


On Friday, BYU students will help a family in need by joining forces with Rooftop Concert Series in hosting a benefit concert and silent auction.

The concert and silent auction will benefit the Mortensen family. Alyssa Mortensen is a student at BYU studying Public Health, but is taking a break to serve an LDS mission in Portugal. Recently, her family suffered a great loss. On June 21, Alyssa’s family was moving from Florida to Utah when they were in a severe car accident, killing Alyssa’s 14-year-old sister Jada Mortensen. With Alyssa serving her mission, many questions and support fell upon TJ Bliss, brother of  Nicole Bliss Mortensen.

“So many people came up to us asking how they could help” Bliss said.

Heather Eaton, a close friends with Alyssa since their freshman year, suggested the idea that eventually led to the Silver Lining Project.

“Heather pitched an idea on how to get help through the community,” Bliss said. “I started with a Facebook page ‘LET’S HELP THE MORTENSENS’,” Eaton said. “If you can help someone in the community you might as well have fun doing it.”

With ‘Courage to Hope’ as their sponsor Bliss, Eaton, family and friends were able to create the Silver Lining Project. The Silver Lining Project will be working with Roof Top Concert series. There will be a variety of  bands playing at the venue including Truman, Shaun Barrowes, Drew Tyckson, Aaron Smith and others.

There will be a silent auction that was started through the Silver Lining Project blog site. Several items will be on sale including massages, gourmet honey and a BYU football signed by the entire 2011 BYU football team.

Those working with the Silver Lining Project are excited for this charity event and hope it will be appealing for the entire community. The event will be  from 6 p.m. to midnight with activities for the the family and students. Children and families are invited to attend 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and student events will be  from 9 p.m. to midnight. General and family admission will be $5.

The Silver Lining Project invites the Utah Valley community to come and show support by attending. It will be at the new ‘Halo Events Center’ located at 177 West Center Street in Provo.

“They will be surprised with how good this venue is,” Bliss said.




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