FARMINGTON — San Juan College Psych Club students are rallying behind one of their own.
The group will host a benefit concert to raise funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, in November.
Four bands will take the stage on Saturday night at the Henderson Fine Arts Center to raise money for the American Red Cross. The funds will help the organization purchase relief items like food, blankets and hygiene kits to help victims of the devastating typhoon.
A new student to the Psych Club, Jeiah Mari, inspired the group's members to organize the concert.
Mari, a former resident of Cebu City in the Philippines, wanted to collect money to help the typhoon-stricken country but felt limited in her ability to raise funds by herself.
"I really wished to help out, but there was nothing major I could do as one person," Mari said. "I really needed a team."
Mari initially approached the club's members to make donations to the cause, but the members decided it would be more effective to host an event to generate funds, said Jessica Valdez, a Psych Club member and coordinator for the benefit.
"I was thinking, 'Oh gosh, we're really all a bunch of broke college students, and I knew if I could donate anything, it would be $10," Valdez said. "It's been a really big project. It's been very trying."
Valdez and members of the Psych Club started organizing the concert in November. They booked a venue, selected the bands to perform and found sponsors and donations for food and drinks that will be sold at the event. Members of the Associated Students of San Juan College also helped organize the event.
On Saturday, area bands Locust and Honey, Living Door, Those Devils and Boomtown are slated to perform their rock and alternative rock music at the event. The American Red Cross will have a representative on hand to answer questions and sign up volunteers.
Mari said between band performances, she'll speak about her experience leaving the Philippines when she was 13 and how appreciative she is of the club's help.
"I'm just really grateful for people like the Psychology Club that are willing to help people they don't even know," Mari said.