Students host ‘Night at the Roxy’ to help children with rare diseases

By Matthew Lee

Five sophomores and juniors raised about $25,000 at a charity event benefitting Madison’s Foundation, which connects parents of children with rare diseases.

The event, “Night at the Roxy,” included performances by celebrity musicians Shwayze and Super Mash Bros and was held at the Roxy in West Hollywood March 28.

Jackson Foster ’11, Alice Newman ’11, Patrick Newman ’10, Max Olshansky ’11 and Brooke Pechman ’11 planned the event with students from The Buckley School, Palisades High School, Brentwood School and Granada Hills High School.

“The event was very successful,” Alice Newman said.

In late August, Pechman met with the founder of Madison’s Foundation, Marcy Smith, and Pechman said that they were both enthusiastic about a fundraising concert that would appeal to teenagers. The foundation is named after Smith’s daughter Madison, who has a rare disease.

Pechman chose a committee of 12 high school students to help plan the event and work to obtain donations.

Tickets for the concert were $48, and about 500 tickets were sold.

Pechman said that there will be another event for Madison’s Foundation next year and that she will continue to work with the foundation.

“Not only was it an amazing experience helping Madison and the foundation, but we all made new connections and friendships,” Pechman said.