Ted Garber Benefit Concert
Warner Sanctuary, 7:30 PM, Wednesday, May 9, 2012
DC native Ted Garber returns for his second annual solo performance to benefit global charities at 7:30 PM, Wednesday, May 9, at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington, MD. Ted will bring his genre-bending "BluesAmericanaRock" guitar and harmonica playing to the Warner Sanctuary to benefit Development Specialist Ruth Brown's public health work in the Republic of the Congo, Hope Unlimited for Children in Brazil, and Independent Development Professional, Peter Graeff, in Haiti. Admission to the concert is with a suggested minimum donation of $15 for adults and $10 for school age children. All proceeds will be donated to the three charities. Warner is located at 10123 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, with free parking in Warner's lot directly across Connecticut Avenue. Click here for directions.
His musical debut on guitar was actually the Warner candlelight Christmas service in 1988, when he played and sang "Silent Night" in front of the entire congregation. Ted writes, "I get a genuinely wonderful and uplifting feeling from the entire Warner congregation. Its members are sincerely interested in the lives of everyone, even one-time visitors, and their earnest commitment to community, humanity and humility is inspiring. In spite of being the son of a prominent local musician, it was the encouragement and support of Warner's Musical Director, John Horman, that brought out my earliest vocals. I can honestly say that John was fundamental in developing the love I have for singing, and I am very much in his debt."
The charities benefiting from the concert are just three of the many that Warner Memorial has supported over many years. Ruth Brown brings 25 years of public health experience to mission service and a deep commitment to serve Christ by empowering people. As a development specialist, Ruth works with communities to address the root causes of hunger and poor health rather than just treat symptoms. She strives to help adults and youth evaluate their situations and develop solutions that will serve the entire community. “This building up of people is the work of social justice, which, according to what my family and my church have always taught me, is the will of God,” she says. Ruth’s history with the African continent goes back to 1979, when she served in the Peace Corps first in the Ivory Coast, where she taught English, and then in the Central African Republic, where her focus was health promotion.
Hope Unlimited for Children in Brazil ministers to the physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs of some of the world's most desperate kids - the street children of Brazil. Their award-winning residential programs provide transformational care while equipping these children to live successful, productive lives as adult members of society. Hope Unlimited's vision for Brazil was launched in 1991 when thousands of vulnerable street children were being systematically killed by gunmen hired largely by local business leaders. Their purpose for these killings was to eradicate a "public nuisance"- street children. Hope Unlimited currently serves over 1250 children in a variety of programs.
Peter Graeff has served Haiti in Port-au-Prince and the island of La Gonave as an Independent Development Professional for over 25 years. Peter works directly with Haitians on health, education, and water issues. He is entirely dependent on donations and is supported by a variety of organizations including Warner Memorial, Church World Service, and the KFLA Haitian Relief Fund. Peter grew up at Warner and his mission work has been supported by Warner for decades.