East High Classmates Organize Benefit Concert
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Green Bay-- A community has come together to help a Green Bay teen, they say was viciously attacked. 18-year-old Jesse Mancha's family tells us two men assaulted him last month while leaving Noah's Ark water park in the Wisconsin Dells. On Saturday, friends and family are held a benefit concert at Green Bay East High School to help Mancha with financial and emotional support.
The alleged attack put Mancha in the hospital with a broken jaw, that doctors wired shut. Medical bills have surpassed $10,000 according to his mother. A Facebook page was started to help friends organize an event for the young musician. They figured a "benefit concert" sounded like a good idea.
Jessie Mancha is well known in the East High music scene for his bass guitar skills. Trevor Rodrigez, a former band mate says, "If you're talking about a real gentlemen, that's what he is. He's the kindest man I ever met." Yet, violence has brought these people together. Today the music comes with a message. "Our real message is we want to promote happiness and good actions toward others and not violence," said Rodrigez.
Rachel Westenberg graduated with Mancha just a few months ago and has put the show together, even inviting local police to help educate. "We're going to have several. They said they would set up patrols and definitely encourage their officers to stop by and talk to anyone with questions," said Westenberg.
Local businesses have donated items to be auctioned off. Even Green Bay Packer Donald Driver signed a football on the benefit's behalf.