Monday, April 27, 2009

A&E FYI: Craigslist victim Katherine Olson remembered with concert, album, scholarship fund and craigslist Support Memorial Concert for Katherine Olson
Businesses partner in a unique opportunity to raise money for scholarship fund

MINNEAPOLIS – April 27, 2009 – and craigslist are among the sponsors working with the Olson family to present A Tribute to Katherine: Letting Her Light Shine memorial concert taking place on May 3rd  in Eden Prairie, Minnesota in memory of the 24 year-old woman who was murdered responding to an online posting for a nanny.

Featuring some of today’s most popular musicians on the internet such as The Proclaimers, Airborne Toxic Event, Free Sol and Boomkat, has produced a public service announcement which can be viewed at with helpful tips from artists to promote Internet safety. This was filmed at the recent South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. In addition, has created a dedicated Katherine Olsen channel that is currently playing on the Concert for Katherine site as well as a free downloadable album of music by the biggest new music bands.

“To be involved in this concert is a tremendous honor, and we are thrilled that we can participate in remembering Katherine in such a special way,” said Andrew Bentley, CEO and founder of

In addition to supporting the Katherine Ann Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund, the San Francisco-based craigslist has posted links to the concert Web site from Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and customer service rep, will be making brief remarks at the concert.

The benefit concert on May 3 from 4-7 p.m. will feature music from Storyhill, a folk duo from Montana, Twin Cities hipster band Romantica, folk artist, Ann Reed, and the Hispanic theater group Teatro del Pueblo with whom Olson performed, and will be held at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minn.

In addition to individuals and musicians, businesses have also generously contributed to the concert and scholarship fund. craigslist offered promotional and financial support. Apex Print Technologies has also provided free printing services for all promotional material. All of the ticketing and logistics have come from Echo Ministries. Thanks to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for contributing to the Katherine Ann Olson Memorial Scholarship fund.

All money raised at the event will go to Olson’s alma mater, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Olson graduated with a degree in Hispanic studies and volunteered with Hispanic children in the community. The scholarship will give preference to Hispanic and Latino students.

“It’s an honor to work with great media and Internet leaders and to have such skilled partners to execute the event,” said Sarah Richter, Olson’s sister. “It’s exciting to see our project endorsed and expanded by their successful companies. They have joined in our passion to make this event possible.”

The Minnesota State Demographers Office estimates that Latinos will be the largest minority group by 2020. Currently, only 16 percent of Latinos hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in Minnesota. The scholarship aims to increase educational opportunities for this underrepresented group.

For more information about the concert, the memorial scholarship fund or to purchase tickets, visit

~Information courtesy Best PR

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