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Lincoln High School senior Elliot Shin founded Olivenbaum in 2016 to empower the community through music

COURTESY PHOTO - Olivenbaum recently performed a benefit concert for those impacted by the wildfires near Estacada.

A group of students from around the Portland metro area are working to raise awareness and support for those impacted by the Clackamas County Wildfires.

Elliot Shin, a senior at Lincoln High School in Portland, founded the nonprofit organization Olivenbaum in 2016 with the goal of empowering community members through music. On Sunday, Oct. 4, the group performed a benefit concert on Hillockburn Road to raise awareness of the situation and raise funds for those impacted.

"Our main purpose was to make a video, spread it online, make the issue of the fire known and gather support," Shin said. "We want to show others that there's hope and that they can help their neighbors."

During the event, musicians Ian Song, Ashley Yoon, Christine Youn and Jay Choi performed several songs.

Shin added that there was "a harsh juxtaposition between the melodies we played and the burned background."

"We saw firsthand how devastated some of the regions are," he said.

To watch a video from the concert, click here. Donations to Olivenbaum's fund for those impacted by the wildfires can be made at olivenbaummusic.org.

Since its formation four years ago, Olivenbaum has hosted benefit concerts for a variety of causes, including providing refugees from the Middle East with musical instruments. For more information, visit olivenbaummusic.org .


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