8/24/2009

Concert Benefits Artistic Development of Native Youth

On Friday, August 28 at 7pm, a special group of Sudden Valley neighbors will sponsor a concert by Swil Kanim to benefit Native youth in the foster care system.

For many Sudden Valley residents, it’s the neighborly thing to provide the one next door with the missing ingredient for a dinner being prepared. It’s a neighborly thing to take your kids and the kids across the street to school and sports practices. Neighbors share barbeques in the summer and snow shovels in the winter, but for the neighbors living near the corner of Harborview Drive and the newly named Thunder Peak Way, being neighborly goes beyond their special ‘hood.’ They are gathering together and extending their neighborly ways to change the lives of Tribal children in the DCFS system.

The benefit concert is open to the public and will be held at the Sudden Valley Marina located at Gate 1. Community organizers suggest bringing lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Donations of $5 per person or $15 per family will support expressive art development for these children who are facing layers of challenges and Blue Skies for Children has agreed to handle the distribution of the funds.
Blue Skies for Children is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 corporation founded in 1997 by a task force, who enlisted local organizations including DCFS, Brigid Collins, Catholic Community Services, Whatcom Foster & Adoptive Parents Association, Northwest Youth Services, The Opportunity Council, WWU and Whatcom County Community Network. A continuous effort is underway to restore hope and self esteem to homeless, low income and foster children in Whatcom & Skagit Counties, by providing support and valuable enrichment opportunities. Concert donations are tax deductable.

Beautiful Lake Whatcom will be a stunning backdrop to Swil Kanim’s haunting melodies. Swil Kanim, himself a member of the Lummi Nation, travels nationally and internationally as musician and inspirational speaker. He is a recent recipient of the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center Peace Builders Award and Whatcom Family & Community Network Community Builders Award.

A world class virtuoso violinist, Swil Kanim advocates self-expression to create stronger community. He intertwines his music with storytelling, poetry, and audience interaction. His original compositions are mesmerizing and inspiring to all ages alike. While quickly becoming the most popular Native American Violinist, Swil Kanim is also a keynote speaker and notable actor; he starred as "Mouse" in Sherman Alexie’s highly acclaimed movie The Business of FancyDancing.

Sudden Valley resident organizers offer a range of volunteer, donation, and sponsorship opportunities to support this event. "It takes a village to raise a child" goes the old African proverb. In the case of this special group of Sudden Valley residents, supporting a child in need is just the neighborly thing to do.

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Press Release by Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor appeared in the August issue of Sudden Valley News and is available for general distribution.

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