They’re staying late for a great cause. Join Swell-O-Phonic and Soma tonight from 5pm until for an after hours event benefiting Hard Places Community in Cambodia. Manager Drew Mellon says shoppers will get 10% off and the organization will also receive 10% of all proceeds on the night. It’s a program Swell & Soma are offering to schools or other clubs but tonight, the cause is one close to Mellon’s heart. “My sister (Alli Mellon) is the Executive Director of the Hard Places Community,” he told us, “and they are working to stop child trafficking in Cambodia.” Mellon says the newest project there is to build a boys after-care facility because that need is not currently being met.

Drew is area coordinator for Traffick Jam, an organization working closely with Hard Places Community, and says another event will take place April 16. A “relay-for-life” style walkathon will be held at Fondren Park from 9am-5pm on that day where each walker gets ten people to give $10 per mile for ten miles. “Some college and church groups are splitting it up amongst themselves,” Mellon said, giving participants a variety of options on how best to contribute. Mellon says there will be some “low key” sort of live music to respect the neighborhood noise level, but that there would be other activities going on. And that night, the efforts move to Sneaky Beans Coffee Shop for a 7pm reunion show with popular Jackson-founded band, Jonezetta. “Their bass player (Ty Garner) is on the planning team for Traffick Jam,” Mellon said “and when his former band mates heard of the cause, they wanted to be involved. I don’t know think there’s any sum of money they’d have done it for, but for this, they said yes.” Mellon says there will hopefully be other bands to open up the show.

For more info and sign up sheets, come to Swell/Soma or log on to the Traffick Jam site.