A: I’ll always be grateful to my parents for taking the very bold step of moving our family to Karachi, Pakistan and then Johannesburg, South Africa. That experience gave me a very different view of the world. The incredible poverty in Karachi, with its grime and visible disease; the Muslim faith; the obvious gulf between the very rich and the impoverished– all made a big impact on a middle-class white girl from the Midwest. Apartheid was still in full swing when we lived in South Africa, and I just couldn’t grasp the situation– it was actually preached by the Dutch Reformed Church.
Q: Tell me about your involvement in fundraising and how you use your talent to give back to the community.
A: The nature of artistic professions means that few of us are really well-off financially, so contributing our performance is a way lots of us can feel we’re giving a bit more. It can be a matter of enticing more people to a fundraising event, adding a layer of emotion to the event through the material performed, or even just providing some extra fun to the event.
I’ve been “auctioned off” by musical organizations– usually for a musical program in a private home, but once to demonstrate and serve a vegetarian dinner party, and recently to demonstrate some vintage cocktails. I like to support liberal political causes– I’ll be singing at fundraisers for the Graves and Obama campaigns this fall. If it’s something I believe in, and I’m available, I always say yes!
Q: What excited you about the opportunity to sing for the “Dignity for All” fundraising concert?
A: The homelessness issue is so terrible, and the needs are so great, that it seems almost unsolvable. I think the work being done by the downtown churches is making a real difference for a lot of people, but no matter how many are helped, there are always more. As so many of our fellow citizens (and politicians) become harsher in attitude, it’s heartening to see churches soldiering on. Dignity For All is a great organization.
Please join us and support the Dignity Center’s ministry by attending the “Dignity for All” Benefit Concert. Be an inspirational part of transforming lives and instilling dignity into the lives of others.
Performing at the Dignity for All” Gala Event to Support the Dignity Center
Date: Monday, September 24, 2012 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Venue: Plymouth Congregational Church, Plymouth, MN
For more information and to purchase tickets click here.