Stronger Together RElief Festival nets more than $7,000

Hundreds enjoyed Ransom Everglades' Stronger Together RElief Festival throughout the day and evening on Oct. 27, donating $7,154 to regions hit by natural disasters while taking in various special events on both of the school's campuses. Members of the RE community turned out for a varsity football game at the Middle School, an International Food Festival, a Rock 4 Relief concert at the Upper School and a Middle School Dance.
All of the RElief events were free, but student and faculty volunteers collected donations at each event.
“I was absolutely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and energy that surrounded our multi-faceted Stronger Together RElief Festival,” Head of School Penny Townsend said in a letter to the RE community on Oct. 30. “My reaction that night could be summed up in one word: Wow. My response this afternoon, as I reflect on the event, is just as heartfelt: Thank you.”
World language students and faculty prepared and served food from regions recently struck by natural disasters. Dozens of students and some faculty performed in the Rock 4 Relief concert (video) that was organized by Jacob Tie-Shue '18 and featured Student Government Association President Ryan Sears ’18 as the emcee. World Languages Department Chair Adabel Diaz-Rivera and Associate Dean for Student Affairs Paul Elkins helped coordinate the events.
Leading up to the festival, students and alumni donated supplies ranging from baby food to mosquito netting; those items are being sent directly to Puerto Rico as it continues to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Student volunteer leaders will determine the distribution of the rest of the funds under the direction of Elkins.

Rock 4 Relief performers:

Jacob Tie-Shue '18
Julia Bhatt '20
Tucker Weed '18
Ben Arriola '18
Leo Menninger '18
Briana Suarez '18
Sophie Perez '19
Matthew Rocha '19
Henry Schermerhorn '19
Ryan Schwartz '18
Jackson Mopsick '21
Andres Soto '21
Kiran Desai '21
Nathan Gumenick '21
Raquel Coronell '18
Madison Bequer '19
Andrea Pearl '19
Trent Steinberg '19
Danny Sauceda '19
Dani Zebede '20
James Gerrard '19
Ivy McWilliams '18
Jorge Zreik '18
Isa Peña '19
Ryan Tie-Shue '18
Maia Mora '19
Manu Murra '21
Samson Bienstock '19
Rhona He '18
Sofi Schlesinger '20
Lucas Ferrer '19
Bradley Karmin '21
Laura Liu '19
Abby Aldrich '20
Marius Bell '20
Jasper Beardslee '18
Rudy Touzet '18

The Faculty Rock Band
Jon Hamm
Tony Mercadal
Quincy Knowles
Thomas Willis
Jorge Guzman
Leticia Baro 
Tech personnel
Quincy Knowles
Ben Rosenthal '18
Kat Cochran '18
Emcee: Ryan Sears '18

Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.