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Heart of Gold

By Audrey DeAnda
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
December 2, 1999
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Through coffee and music, a UA sophomore is on a solo campaign to raise money to help children with AIDS.

Brooke White, a University of Arizona undeclared sophomore, is holding a benefit Saturday at a nearby coffeehouse featuring three local bands. There won't be a door charge, but donations are accepted, White said.

The event will be at Safehouse, 4024 E. Speedway Blvd., starting at 9 p.m., and all profits will go toward Camp Heartland, an organization that flies children from all over the country to have fun and talk freely about AIDS.

The camps are located in Missouri, Minnesota and California.

"It's for children who have been impacted by AIDS in their lives or have AIDS themselves," White said.

White volunteered last year as a counselor at the camp in Malibu, Calif., and hopes to raise awareness about the camp through the benefit.

"I would like to have a lot of support within the student body and one day have a students-for-Camp-Heartland club," White said.

White said Heartland is just like a regular camp, except some activities are focused on the topics surrounding AIDS.

The children are taught to open up and talk freely about the disease, White said.

"We do a lot of fun stuff," White said. "It lets them be really carefree for once in their lives."

Silas Hite, an undeclared sophomore, is the drummer in Zero to 60, one of the bands that will be featured on Saturday.

"I think it's great that we can help out," Hite said.

The band has been together for about a year, but this will be the first time they have played for a benefit.

"We'd definitely play more if we were asked to," Hite said.

Justin Z and the Filthy Three, along with The Quadratics will also be featured at the benefit.

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