If you go

What: Benefit and concert for Sandy Hook Elementary

When: Restaurant opens at 5 p.m. Thursday for dinner; doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the event and the show begins at 7 p.m.

Where: Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place, 2027 13th St., Boulder

Cost: Suggested donation for the event is $12, which will go to the Newtown Memorial Fund. Also, 10 percent of food sales will also go to the memorial fund.

Info: Reservations are suggested. Call 303-449-0120 for reservations.

CORRECTION: This story originally reported the wrong date for the benefit. The event is on Thursday.

Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place will host a benefit Thursday night for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School -- an event featuring live music from children and a table where kids can make paper snowflakes to send to Newtown, Conn.

The event will have a family and youth focus, with 11-year-old Jaden Carlson and her band playing as well as youth from Boulder's School of Rock. It also will give Boulderites a chance to participate in the "snowflake drive." The paper snowflake cut-outs will be sent to Newtown and be used to decorate the new school building where Sandy Hook students will return after the winter break.

On Dec. 14, gunman Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother before killing 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook. He killed himself with a handgun as police approached.


The event at Shine is a way to raise money for the victims' families as there will be a $12 suggested donation for the event that will go to the Newtown Memorial Fund. Additionally, 10 percent of food sales will go to the fund.

"I really wanted to come out of the kitchen and put on this event," said organizer Jessica Emich, owner and executive chef at Shine. "For myself -- and a lot of other mothers -- it creates a feeling of peace and healing to be able to reach out and help those around you who you know are hurting immensely."

Colorado itself is all too familiar with mass violence -- as the state witnessed the Columbine school shooting in 1999, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed a dozen students and injured 21 more, and last summer's mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater, when James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."

"This helps bring together our community," Emich said. "It's healing for us to connect and support another community as well."

Jaden Carlson, a local guitar player and singer-songwriter, will perform with her band at the show. In preparation for the event, the 11-year-old has been putting together a set list of original songs and covers.

"I was very sad about the shooting, so when they called me up and asked me to perform, I said, 'Yeah.' I wanted to help out and play some tunes for a good benefit," Jaden said.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Brittany Anas at 303-473-1132 or anasb@dailycamera.com.