Benefit for mission trip to L.A.

The Gathering youth group led by Scott Harris, many of whom will be going to Los Angeles for a mission trip. - Colleen Smith Armstrong/Staff Photo
The Gathering youth group led by Scott Harris, many of whom will be going to Los Angeles for a mission trip.
— image credit: Colleen Smith Armstrong/Staff Photo

For those who missed Orcas Has Talent last month, many of the performers are getting back on stage for an encore session.

A group of local students are traveling to Los Angeles on a mission trip, and an upcoming benefit concert will help raise funds for their projects in an impoverished neighborhood.

“It’s a really good group going,” said Orcas High School senior Lana Bronn. “They’ve all got the right attitude. The heart of the trip is going to be great.”

The concert will be on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Church.

Featured performers are ALLmost Canadian, Kellen Comrie, Cali Bagby, Yuko Horikawa, Matthew the Magician, KT Laslo, the M&Ms, Madi Jane West and Conrad Wrobel. Admission is by donation.

“I am really excited to hear more from the musicians from Orcas Has Talent,” said Bagby, who is an opera singer as well as a reporter at the Sounder. “I still get very nervous when I perform, but it’s great to have these events that represent something bigger than me.”

Orcas Island Community Church takes high school kids on a mission trip every other year during spring break. Last time it was in Kentucky, where the students worked on construction projects and led programs with children in a rural community.

“It’s the polar opposite from here. It was an amazing trip,” Bronn said.

This time the students, who attend both the public school and Orcas Christian School, will be traveling to a more urban setting: Los Angeles. Youth Pastor Scott Harris will lead the group in the south L.A. district.

All proceeds from the concert will be going to repair a tutoring center, where L.A.-based “Redeemer Community Partnership” is working to create safe, healthy communities for kids and their families to thrive. For more info, visit

The students will make a video of their trip and share their experiences during a Sunday service; all are welcome.

They are hoping to raise $1,000 at the benefit concert. Parent Cindy Carter, whose daughters Lisa and Emy are going on the trip, is helping to organize the event. Lisa and Emy also perform in Allmost Canadian.

“It’s going to have a lot of energy and incredible talent,” Cindy said. “Some of these people blew us away at Orcas Has Talent.”

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