Music for a 12th Night: investing in hope
by Katie Pearn
The Christmas season is a time of hope, joy and generosity. A time where we reflect on the gift of Jesus and the hope and transformation He brought to the world. This Christmas season, Albertans have an opportunity to show their generosity, while taking in some gorgeous music through the Music For A 12th Night benefit concert at the Bella Concert Hall on Sunday Jan. 6, 2019 at 7 pm, presented by Legacy Kitchens.
Over the past 17 years, Legacy’s annual benefit concert ‘Music For A Winter Evening’ has raised over one million dollars for Calgary charities. This year’s Music For A 12th Night concert features the acclaimed Calgary youth choir Harmony through Harmony (HtH). They present concerts to raise awareness of issues that break the heart of God, to support organizations that are actively working to alleviate these problems, and to bring hope to those who are suffering injustice. They will be presenting their annual Christmas Concert on the day after Twelfth Night, which signifies the end of the Orthodox Christmas season that had begun on Christmas Day.
January 6th is known traditionally as Epiphany or The Adoration of the Magi when the three kings present gifts to the Baby Jesus. HtH will be highlighting the work of Investing Hope Foundation that brings a unique poverty solution to the youth of Colombia. An opportunity will be given to present financial gifts in support of this amazing ministry and all proceeds from the concert will benefit Investing Hope Foundation.
“At Legacy, our purpose is to facilitate the transformation of people and spaces,” says John Buller, Co-Founder, CFO and Board Chair. “We chose Investing Hope Foundation as this year’s concert beneficiary because they are transforming lives. They aren’t just giving people a handout, but a hand up.”
Investing Hope Foundation, provides low-income youth, adults and faith-based communities in Colombia with relevant economic development tools and training to help them thrive economically and spiritually. They are reaching out to the very poor, those who cannot yet be reached through microfinance, teaching them basic life skills of saving and entrepreneurship, and giving them hope which they haven’t had before. They currently work with 1500 children and 600 adults in the Bogota area on a weekly basis.
“Our assistance begins with teaching biblically-based money management, especially the importance of saving,” says Jim Frantz, founder of Investing Hope Foundation. “By teaching people wise money management, and giving them opportunities to apply the skills they’ve learned, we help them develop good financial habits that can break the cycle of poverty.”
One of their most popular programs, Youth Entrepreneurship and Savings (YES) program, gives impoverished youth opportunities to apply their newfound entrepreneurial skills by selling low-cost, high-quality products like baked goods and candy kebabs in their communities. The foundation purchases the materials for the products upfront, and participants pay back the foundation for materials used, and are encouraged to save a part of their income.
“It’s kind of like the lemonade stands we have in North America,” says Frantz. “They sell the product for a mere 32 cents taking a profit of 16 cents per sale, and since January the kids have saved over $15,000 in profits. This has been transformational, and we are excited to share the many stories of how participants’ lives and families have been impacted for the better.” For tickets visit tickets.mru.ca/eventperformances.asp?evt=331