Asbury band plays to benefit the homeless

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Rookie performing at Sleepless in Lexington.

WILMORE, KY—No one was sleeping during the performance of Rookie at Sleepless in Lexington held at Applebees Park. The band of three Asbury College students, junior Abe Parker, lead guitarist, senior Landon Cunningham, vocalist/ drummer/percussionist, and bassist senior Grant Ebright, played at the recent benefit to aid the homeless of Lexington at Applebees Park.

The band was asked to perform at Sleepless in Lexington through a connection they made at Ichthus Ministries after the band’s performance at the Ichthus Festival in June. The goal of the event was to involve local ministries and youth groups in an effort to raise money and awareness for the homeless in Lexington. Those attending Sleepless

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Rookie wanted to play at Sleepless in Lexington in an effort to help the community.

in Lexington could solicit sponsorships or pay $25 to sleep outside overnight. The money raised went to four charities—Lexington Rescue Mission, Lighthouse Ministries, the Salvation Army, and Step by Step.

“It was great to see the youth out on the field (Applebee's Park, Lexington Legends) having fun and learning about how they could help the homeless,” Landon Cunningham said.

Rookie wanted to play this event because it follows the band’s mission statement very closely. “We have always wanted to be three-dimensional,” Cunningham said. “Not just playing music, but also reaching out to the church, doing mission work, working with youth groups, and serving with churches to help the community. It was the perfect opportunity to get to know other mission organizations in Lexington and to learn how we can partner with them to make our community a better place, and eventually, a Christ-like community.”

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