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Christmas Concert for a Cause

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Addie Olson


The Simon Estes Foundation partnered with the Des Moines Symphony to hold the largest Christmas concert in Iowa history.

Simon Estes sang alongside 1200 students from across Iowa, and the Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Thousands of people bought tickets to enjoy the music Sunday and donate to a great cause.

The sounds made by strings, horns and more than 1,000 voices filled Hilton Coliseum.

Beyond sharing Christmas carols, Simon Estes and the students who performed them, had a greater purpose.

"We're here to make a difference today," said Paul Ferrone of the Simon Estes Foundation.

All proceeds from the concert will go toward buying mosquito nets for children in Africa. Malaria kills a child every 60 seconds, but a ten dollar bed net can prevent the disease.

"We all look for opportunities to try to have an impact and try to have some purpose in our life. Here's a simple way that the students can share their gift of music with others and help to make a difference in the lives of other children," said Ferrone.

Megan Phillips brought in her choir of middle schoolers from Knoxville

"There's a greater worldwide picture that they are helping to fulfill and change through their music," Phillips said.

She said her students also gained a lot from the concert by learning that they can use their talents to help others.

"We can give back. We're able to and we should, and we're able to help give back through music," Phillips said.

The foundation hopes to raise enough money to buy five million nets by June.


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