Sunday, June 25, 2017

Benefit Concert

| Article posted on September - 2 - 2008

While Healing Hands of Gambia has no particular religious affiliations and while our board members represent most of the world religions as well as multiple nationalities, we were extremely pleased and grateful when the Trinity Lutheran Church of Vernon, Connecticut, came forward and organized a Coffeehouse Benefit Concert for us. The success of this concert, which took place on September 13th, 2008, exceeded our expectations by far, and we are extremely touched by the outpouring of love and support we have received.

Trinity members Gary Benevides, Kathy King, Michelle King, Steve Muron and Aija Zeidenbergs presented a wide variety of music and sacrificed much of their time and energy for months before the event even took place. Pastor Tim Oslovich generously opened the doors of his church – and kept them open until late in the evening – while his wife, Synje, wrote an extensive and wonderful article about us, which was published in the Vernon/Rockville Horizons, September 2008 issue.

The benefit concert was taped for public access television and will be shown locally. We are due to receive a copy of the program, excerpts of which will then appear on our YouTube Non-Profit broadband channel. The concert was accentuated by a brief presentation given by Dr. Ingrid Feder Sidibeh during the intermission in which she introduced the audience to the Gambia, its people and their needs. Also in attendance was Buba Ceesay, our valued board member, who generally resides in Serekunda, but who was in town for one of our board meetings. In any case, we have gained many new friends and have formed a lasting relationship with the incredible Trinity community!

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