Ridgewood, NJ – TEEEM is proud to report that it held it’s second annual concert, #Bergenfest in late June to rave reviews. Despite the heat, threat of rain and lighting, hundreds of people turned out to hear the lineup of bands, eat from the food trucks, partake in the student-run activities and learn about the organization.
TEEEM would like to thank Greater Alliance, Inserra Supermarkets, and Wells Fargo for their support of the event and the organization.
In addition to the myriad of people who attended, as over 1,000 tickets were sold for the event, the students involved in the TEEEM programs from several area high schools in Bergen County were on hand to help. This event was supported by the work of the students at the different schools, and they were excited to see the fruits of their labor. TEEEM is also proud to report that the event was attended by several people from their Senegal program. The site director from Senegal came along with a small group of young female students in their teens from who are recipients of TEEEM’s work there. This was their first trip to the United States.
Wé McDonald from Season 11 of NBC’s The Voice was the headliner. She started off singing several songs with the accompaniment of one of the TEEEM students, Jason Recht of Northern Highlands who played the guitar. Then she sang a medley of covers as well as her famous original song “Head Up High” which was so powerful it left an impression on everyone. She ended her performance and the day with the Perm by Bruno Mars, which got everyone up and dancing.
TEEEM would also like to thank the complete lineup of artists that performed: Collision Theory, Fat Boi’s Brass Band, Wishbone, Jason Recht & Friends, Jake Thistle, No Soap Radio, and Samantha Haase. TEEEM would also like to thank William McKee, NHRHS alumnus and student of Jazz Performance and Music Management at William Paterson University for volunteering his services as Musical Director for Bergenfest.
This event would not have been possible with the generous support of several local sponsors. The staff and volunteers at TEEEM would like to acknowledge our 2019 Bergenfest sponsors: They are Shop Rite/Inserra Supermarkets, Greater Alliance Federal Credit Union, RE/MAX Properties, and Wells Fargo.
TEEEM stands for The Empathic Entrepreneur Equality Mission. This benefit concert was put together by local high school students who participate in the #TEEEM School Program. In Bergen County, the TEEEM School program is currently active in 7 high schools but hoping to add more. These schools and the countries they provide humanitarian help to are: Ridgewood High School, (Cambodia), Northern Highlands Regional High School (Senegal), Pascack Valley High School (Burkina Faso), Westwood High School (Ethiopia), Bergenfield High School (Peru), Waldwick High School (Kenya) and Hackensack High School (country to be determined). TEEEM empowers students and social entrepreneurs with funding and operational support to become innovative leaders of global nonprofits. TEEEM provides medical care, food, education and economic support, such as by providing micro loans for women wanting to start a business, providing doctors for medical days in rural villages or giving hot meals to students in Africa. TEEEM is a Global 501c3 organization. Their mission being that the world is a better place if the feeling of Empathy and the thought of Equality become more possible through the action or behavior of social Entrepreneurialism.