Young Guitarist Inspires 2nd Year of National Benefit Concerts

College Station, TX (PressExposure) April 06, 2012 -- Young California guitarist will join local classical guitar professor for a charity benefit called "Ben & I Play for Peace 2012," which will take place on April 22, 2012 at 3pm in Austin, TX at the Concordia University Texas Auditorium. Proceeds from the concert will co-benefit "Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids" and the "Wounded Warrior Project".

Ben Werdegar, a 14 year old guitar prodigy from California, has pledged to raise funds in partnership with CNN Hero, Brad Blauser, to purchase wheelchairs for disabled children in Iraq and to assist wounded American veterans. For the second year, classical, jazz, and popular musicians from Seattle to Sarasota have joined forces with Ben to further his cause.

Dr Kim Perlak will be joined by Ben Werdegar, Yale School of Music Professor Benjamin Verdery, The McCallum Fine Artst Academy Guitar Ensemble and the Concordia Univeresity Performance Faculty & Friends.

"Ben & I Play for Peace 2012" will take place on April 22, 2012 in Austin, TX as well as in two "sister cities" - Seattle, WA and Sarasota, FL

"Ben Werdegar is inspiring. We first met at a guitar masterclass in Hawaii run by my friend and former teacher, Benjamin Verdery. Ben Werdegar raised his first $19,000 by playing at his neighborhood coffee shop in San Francisco. Since last year's concerts, Ben's total has reached $28,000 - making him the largest single fundraiser for "Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids"," said Dr Perlak. "Who couldn't be moved to action by this young man who is making a difference in the lives of Iraqi children and our American Veterans - all of whom have been so deeply affected by the events in the Middle East? ."

In its first year, "Ben & I Play for Peace" was featured on the PBS/NPR series "From the Top"'s Arts Leadership Series and was officially recognized by the US House of Representatives.

DONATE: At the door - suggested $10 Students/ $20 General, or online


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About Dr Kim Perlak

Dr. Kim Perlak founded "Ben & I Play for Peace" in 2010 in an effort to involve her students and friends in the great American tradition of serving others through the arts. Dr. Perlak teaches on the faculty of Concordia University TX, Austin Community College, and the National Guitar Workshop and is an active concert artist.

About Ben Werdegar

14 yr old classical guitarist and the inspiration for this project, will be coming to Austin to perform on April 22nd. Ben has been playing for peace for the past three years, raising funds for Iraqi children in need of pediatric wheelchairs. His site,[] details his work.

About Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids

"Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids", headed by Blauser, was created in 2005 at the request of United States service members serving in Mosul who wished to help disabled children there. To date, 980 pediatric wheelchairs have been distributed.

About Wounded Warrior Project

The "Wounded Warrior Project" began when veterans and friends took action to help others in need. They are are a leading organization in empowering our veterans in mind, body, and economics.

Concert Sponsors:

Concordia University - TX, Sodexo Corporation, D'Addario Strings, National Guitar Workshop, The Werdegar Family, Summers Snapshots, Integrative Pain Services, Alliance Tech, Gumtow Designs, Your Austin SEO Company.

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