Connecting with Okello Sam

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Okello Sam of Hope North & Haden Minifie of Sing Out! International

It was wonderful connecting with Okello Sam last week in Brooklyn to discuss details for Sing Out! International’s upcoming program at Hope North in Uganda this March! It was exciting to collaborate in planning the program, and to play a little music as well. Haden Minifie and Ashley-Drake Estes are grateful to Chip and Norma Lee Chartoff for offering their beautiful living room to meet. Chip and Norma handled the set and lighting design of Okello’s show, “Forged in Fire,”¬†performed in May 2015, where Ashley-Drake and Haden first met Okello Sam.

Sing Out! International is in the process of creating something exciting to share with all of you soon. Stay tuned…

Benefit Concert Recap

Ashley-Drake Estes and Haden Minifie at Sing Out! International's Benefit Concert on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 in New Paltz, NY
Ashley-Drake Estes and Haden Minifie at Sing Out! International’s Benefit Concert on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 in New Paltz, NY

Sing Out! International hosted a benefit concert in New Paltz, NY on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at Snug Harbor Bar & Grill to fundraise for its upcoming music therapy program at Hope North in Uganda this February. The concert was a big success! Sing Out! International was able to raise over $1,000 for its program at Hope North.

Ashley-Drake and Haden of Sing Out! International are so grateful for the musicians and bands who played throughout the evening. The concert featured local bands including, Dominique and Caitlyn, The SUNY New Paltz Music Therapy Club, The Honey Company, The Black Horse Riders, and Snowbear.

There were many local businesses who supported the event with gift certificates that were raffled off at the end of the evening. Sing Out! International thanks The Antiques Barn, The Bakery, Barner Books, Bikeway Bicycles, Cocoon, The Cheese Plate, Dohnut, Eden, Fleet Service Center, Himalayan Arts, Jack’s Rhythms, Jar’d Wine Pub, Karma Road, Kosiner Brothers Hot Dog Cart, Lagusta’s Luscious, Maglyn’s Dream, Manny’s Art Supplies, Moxie Cup, The Mudd Puddle, New Baby New World, P & G’s Restaurant, Rhino Records, and Ryan E. Cronin Art and Wares! It was wonderful having so many prizes to raffle off that evening.

The benefit helped raise awareness of the work Sing Out! International is striving to do both currently, and in the future. Sing Out! International plans to host additional events to fundraise and inform even more people how the power of music can heal those who have experienced trauma.

Snowbear Performing at Sing Out! International's Benefit Concert on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 in New Paltz, NY
Snowbear Performing at Sing Out! International’s Benefit Concert on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 in New Paltz, NY