Legendary pianist Joe Sample will hold his third annual JSYO Henriette Delille Legacy Concert in September to raise funds for the Joe Sample Youth Organization. The last two concerts raised over $100,000 for Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School, where Sample was baptized, and its two sister schools, located in Houston’s Fifth Ward neighborhood.
“I saw that something needed to be done and decided I couldn’t wait around while others talked,” Sample said in a press statement. “In the last two years we’ve been able to make a real and immediate difference for the kids. For example, the schools have been able to buy much needed furniture, desks and chairs etc., so that the students have a place to sit, read and study. In one school they were able to replace the entire curriculum of textbooks that were 30 years out of date. In another the heating system had died years ago and in the winter the kids had to wear their overcoats to study. Another school had no outdoor equipment so the children could only stand around on the asphalt.