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two benefit concerts raise support for sgub 2015 — kolkata!!!

sgub song finale -- sgub benefit 2014

the fifth annual survivor girl ukulele band project benefits last fall were the place to be!!! the artists and the audience and the cause combined to make magic and raise funds toward survivor girl ukulele band project 2015 — kolkata!!!

the first concert was at bethany church of sierra madre. we had some great volunteers helping again this year, ed tree repeated as musical director, and my bffla, sharon hannah, did an amazing job as producer and promoter.

sharon and laurie at sgub benefit 2014

we raised over $6000 for survivor girl ukulele band project!!!

chava pollack and corrine cunningham helped bring in the cash.

chava pollack and corrine cunningham

the evening started off with a lovely dinner of delicious indian food hosted by bethany, and then pastor briant gave a welcome and prayer.

pastor briant welcome

 

notable women in attendance, beverly thompson, lois tedrow, britta lee shain, and sharon hannah:

ladies at the sgub benefit 2014

 

we like to think the sparks first started flying for these two at a past sgub benefit. and here they are again in the same seats. heart.

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dana charnofsky and lorin hart.

dana chernovsky and lorin hart

 

two great talents, john cartright and beverly mickins.

john cartright and beverly mickins at sgub benefit 2014

berrington van campen and lynne popadak.berrington and lynne at sgub benefit 2014

 

the best dressed award goes again this year to rick and lisa mystic of the wild mountain mystics. don’t they look amazing?!!

rick and lisa mystic at sgub benefit 2014

laurie with frank schifani, and look who showed up — ukulele master, abe lagrimas!laurie frank schifani and abe lagrimas at sgub benefit 2014

 

lorin hart and valerie kuhns and aireene espritu.

lorin hart valerie kuhns and aireen espiritu
marcel shain shot some great video of the night, which follows. thanks, marcel!!!

and now for the music. first up, kendall forrey.

 

next up was aireen espiritu accompanied by ed tree.

 

followed by tim tedrow with john o’kennedy.

 

and now for lorin hart along with ed tree

 

john o’kennedy, who four years ago came up with idea of doing a benefit concert for my work, always puts together something very special. here he is with the fabulous beverly mickins, john cartright, mb gordy, and wes miller.

 

starting out the second half of the concert was special surprise guest: heidi swedberg!!!

heidi swedberg rocks the house -- sgub benefit 2014

 

the tall men were the featured act of the second half of the show, led off by marty axelrod.

all the tall men group -- sgub benefit 2014

 

then john stowers

 

next up, jeff kossack.

 

severin browne

 

jimmy yessian

 

and then ed tree got us dancing in the aisles.

 

and finally the survivor girl ukulele band song (written by ed tree) finale featuring lorin hart and bliss bowen along with all performers and anyone who had a ukulele!!

wow, what a night!

official group photo -- sgub benefit 2014

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brit rodriguez and heidi swedberg and the smoking jackets played the second benefit, a matinee at the coffee gallery. you can see some videos of that fabulous afternoon (and much more) at dave clausen’s emajor9productions youtube channel! thanks, dave!! here’s the link

but meanwhile here’s a few photos.

brit rodriguez at the coffee gallery

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what a super afternoon of music and fun and love for survivor girl ukulele band project!!!

coffee gallery benefit -- heidi swedberg and the smoking jackets

thank you thank you thank you all for joining the band!!!

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2 thoughts on “two benefit concerts raise support for sgub 2015 — kolkata!!!

  1. Margaret Schuyler on said:

    I so enjoyed as if I were there. Thank you, especially liked seeing those 2 little twins. Love
    I have some articles I would like to send you that I have been cutting out of our SD paper.

    • hi cousin, yay! glad you enjoyed the concert!! and if you want to send those clippings to my dad’s address in mn, that would be great! thank you!! loveyou.

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