The African Children’s Choir “Rocked Rainey Street” in Austin, TX in January.
Texas musicians Guy Forsyth, Patrice Pike, and Carolyn Wonderland generously donated their time and talent with special performances at the upscale “Lustre Pearl”.
Over 300 adults and 40 children attended the event that also included a performance by the African Children’s Choir.
Two African business owners took a special interest in the event.
Iba Thiam, owner of Cazamance, a hip food trailer that specializes in African food, made a special home-cooked meal for the Choir before they performed. Thiam said he was overwhelmed when the children broke out in song to thank him for the meal.
Thiam’s friend Ibrahim Aminou felt called to help as well. He played native music as attendees picked up their tickets and lead the Choir children in impromptu dancing as they stood beside the stage listening to other performers during the night’s festivities.
The event was coordinated by Lustre Pearl owner Bridget Dunlap, and Lance Ellisor, a friend of the Choir and Music for Life. Hoping to raise $10,000 to help ease the burden of higher food prices caused by the drought in the Horn of Africa. The event nearly doubled that, raising over $18,000 to offset the high food costs at the African Children’s Choir Primary School.
Music for Life’s new Ambassador Program, spearheaded by Ellisor and his wife Clara was also launched during the evening. The purpose of the Ambassador Program is to inspire people from all walks of life to help the African Children’s Choir and Music for Life in creative ways that anyone can do. Ideas include bake sales, garage sales, or partnering with local businesses to host fund raising events. You can learn more about the Ambassador program by calling Music for Life at 1-877-532-8651.
Music for Life would like to thank Bridget and her staff at Lustre Pearl, Lance Ellisor, Clara Herrera, and the planning committee for their hard work and support putting together a wonderful evening.